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LISTING MANUAL Section B: Rules Of

1 February 2011
Published by: SINGAPORE EXCHANGE SECURITIES TRADING LIMITED Company Reg. No. 1973300970D (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Exchange Limited) 2 Shenton Way #19-00 SGX Centre 1, Singapore 068804 Tel: (65) 6236 8888 Website: www.sgxcatalist.com
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CONTENTS
Definitions And Interpretation Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Introduction Sponsors Disciplinary & Appeals Procedures Equity Securities Reserved Reserved Continuing Obligations Changes in Capital Interested Person Transactions Acquisitions and Realisations Takeovers Circulars and Annual Reports Trading Halt, Suspension and Delisting Transition Rules

APPENDICES Appendix 2A Appendix 2B Appendix 2C Appendix 2D Appendix 2E Appendix 4A Appendix 4B Appendix 4C Appendix 4D Appendix 4E Appendix 4F Catalist Sponsor Application Form Catalist Registered Professional Registration Form Change of Sponsor Confirmation Sponsor Independence Sponsors Annual Return Pre-Admission Notification Initial Public Offering Listing Confirmation Articles of Association Transfer Confirmation by Sponsor Applicants Listing Agreement Steps in the Initial Public Offering / Very Substantial Acquisition/Reverse Takeover Process

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Appendix 7A Appendix 7B

Corporate Disclosure Policy Notice of Substantial Shareholders and Directors Interests and Changes in Interests Appointment of a Relative of a Director, Chief Executive Officer, or Substantial Shareholder of an Issuer to a Managerial Position in the Issuer or any of its Principal Subsidiaries Financial Statements and Dividend Announcement Minimum Terms of Sponsorship Summary of Reserves and Resources Disclosure Requirements for Rights Issue or Bought Deals Confirmation for Corporate Actions / Additional Listing Notification for Listing of Securities Arising from Exercise of Company Warrants / Convertible Preference Shares / Convertible Loan Stocks / Bonds / Options Exercised under an Employees Share Option Scheme Daily Share Buy Back Notice Reverse Takeover / Very Substantial Acquisition Listing Confirmation Existing Issuers Undertaking

Appendix 7C

Appendix 7D Appendix 7E Appendix 7F Appendix 8A Appendix 8B Appendix 8C

Appendix 8D Appendix 10A Appendix 14A

PRACTICE NOTES Practice Note 2A Practice Note 2B Eligibility Criteria for Sponsors Guidelines for Preparing a Listing Applicant for Admission or Advising an Issuer in a Very Substantial Acquisition or Reverse Takeover Guidelines for Continuing Sponsorship Equity Securities Listing Procedure General Requirements for Lodgement or Submission of Documents Disclosure Requirements for Mineral, Oil and Gas Companies Continuing Disclosure Queries Regarding Unusual Trading Activity Guide for Operating and Financial Review Corporate Actions Requiring the Engagement of a Sponsor Rights Issue Timetable Sub-underwriting Arrangements Shareholder Approval for Major Transactions

Practice Note 2C Practice Note 4A Practice Note 4B Practice Note 4C Practice Note 7A Practice Note 7B Practice Note 7C Practice Note 7D Practice Note 8A Practice Note 8B Practice Note 10A

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Practice Note 13A Practice Note 14A

Procedures for Trading Halt and Suspension Catalist Transition Process And Timetable

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DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION

The following terms, unless the context requires otherwise, have the following meanings: Term "admission" "annual accounts" Meaning admission of securities to the Official List of the Exchange the financial statements for the financial year in question, including the balance sheet, the profit and loss accounts, and the notes to the accounts the Appeals Committee referred to in Chapter 3 (a) in relation to any director, chief executive officer, substantial shareholder or controlling shareholder (being an individual) means: (i) his immediate family; (ii) the trustees of any trust of which he or his immediate family is a beneficiary or, in the case of a discretionary trust, is a discretionary object; and (iii) any company in which he and his immediate family together (directly or indirectly) have an interest of 30% or more (b) in relation to a substantial shareholder or a controlling shareholder (being a company) means any other company which is its subsidiary or holding company or is a subsidiary of such holding company or one in the equity of which it and/or such other company or companies taken together (directly or indirectly) have an interest of 30% or more "associated company" a company in which at least 20% but not more than 50% of its shares are held by the listed company or group the Monetary Authority of Singapore or any other authority named as such under the Securities and Futures Act best practices guide issued from time to time by the Exchange under and pursuant to Rule 108, as from time to time amended, modified or supplemented the date fixed by an issuer for the purpose of determining entitlements to dividends or other distributions or rights of holders of its securities means a company that is or will be under a liability (whether or not such liability is present or future) to repay any money received or to be received by it in response to an invitation to the public to subscribe for or purchase debt securities of the company The Central Depository (Pte) Limited

Appeals Committee associate"

Authority

"Best Practices Guide"

"books closure date"

"borrowing company"

"CDP" or "Depository"

Definitions 1

"capital" "class"

share capital including preference shares equity securities or debt securities, the rights of which are identical (and in addition, for debt securities, which form a single issue or series). For this purpose a temporary difference, such as for the next dividend payment, is ignored the most senior executive officer who is responsible under the immediate authority of the board of directors for the conduct of the business of the issuer a document issued to holders of listed securities in connection with seeking the holders approval, excluding notices of meeting, annual reports and accounts, interim accounts and proxy forms the Code of Corporate Governance issued by the Committee on Corporate Governance on 4 April 2001, as from time to time amended, modified or supplemented the Companies Act (Chapter 50) of Singapore and any statutory modification or re-enactment thereof equity securities carrying rights to subscribe for or purchase shares from the issuer situations as described in Rule 417 of this Manual in relation to a company means a director, chief executive officer or substantial shareholder or controlling shareholder of the company or any of its subsidiaries or an associate of any of them the activities set out in Rule 226 which are undertaken by a sponsor in advising an issuer on compliance with the continuing obligations under the Rules a sponsor who is authorised by the Exchange to conduct continuing activities the capacity to dominate decision-making, directly or indirectly, in relation to the financial and operating policies of a company the interest of the controlling shareholder(s) a person who: (a) holds directly or indirectly 15% or more of the nominal amount of all voting shares in the company. The Exchange may determine that a person who satisfies this paragraph is not a controlling shareholder; or (b) in fact exercises control over a company

"chief executive officer"

"circular"

"Code"

"Companies Act"

company warrants

"conflicts of interest" "connected persons"

continuing activities

continuing sponsor

"control"

"controlling interest" "controlling shareholder"

"convertible debt securities"

debt securities convertible into or exchangeable for equity securities, and debt securities with non-detachable options, warrants or similar rights to subscribe for or purchase equity securities attached

"convertible equity securities" units of shares including, but not limited to, options, warrants, or other transferable rights to subscribe for or purchase shares

Definitions 2

"convertible securities"

convertible equity securities or convertible debt securities

corporate finance advisory providing advice: work (a) to any person concerning compliance with laws or regulatory requirements (including the listing rules of the Exchange) relating to the raising of funds; or (b) to a person making an offer to: (i) subscribe for or purchase securities; or (ii) to sell or dispose of securities concerning that offer; or (c) concerning the arrangement, reconstruction or takeover of a corporation or any of its assets or liabilities; or (d) concerning the takeover of a business trust or any of its assets or liabilities held by the trustee manager on behalf of the business trust "debt securities" debentures, units of debentures, and securities (other than equity securities) classified by the Exchange as debt securities the Disciplinary Committee referred to in Chapter 3 shares (including preference shares) and convertible equity securities, and securities (other than debt securities) classified by the Exchange as equity securities the management team of a company excluding its directors an issuer on the SGX Sesdaq market at the date of the introduction of the Rules in relation to any company, means the period in respect of which any profit and loss accounts of the corporation laid before it in general meeting is made up, whether that period is a year or not an issuer incorporated or otherwise established outside Singapore the Main Board Listing Rules applicable to Sesdaq companies immediately before the introduction of the Catalist Rules, as amended from time to time a sponsor who is authorised by the Exchange to conduct introducing activities, whether or not it also conducts continuing activities unless specifically defined elsewhere, the issuer and its subsidiaries, if any (and the guarantor company, if any) in relation to a borrowing company, means a company that has guaranteed or has agreed to guarantee the repayment of any money

Disciplinary Committee "equity securities"

"executive officers" existing issuer

"financial year"

"foreign issuer" Former Sesdaq Rules

full sponsor

"group"

"guarantor company"

Definitions 3

received or to be received by the borrowing company in response to an invitation to the public to subscribe for or purchase debt securities of the borrowing company "immediate family" in relation to a person, means the persons spouse, child, adopted child, step-child, sibling and parent the activities set out in Rule 225 undertaken by a sponsor in preparing a listing applicant for admission or advising an issuer in a very substantial acquisition or reverse takeover admitted to the Official List of the Exchange and not removed a company or other legal person or undertaking, some or all of whose securities are the subject of an application for listing, or have been admitted to listing, on Catalist the listing confirmation set out in Appendix 4B the provisions of Sections A and B of this Manual (excluding the Best Practices Guide, the Code and the Practice Notes) as from time to time amended, modified or supplemented the SGX-ST listing rules for the SGX Main Board means a position equivalent to, or more senior than, the head of a department or division (whether organized by function, product or territory) refers to a market as contemplated under the SFA that is operated by the Exchange a day on which the Exchange is open for securities trading an entity that has been approved as a Clearing Member Company or a Non-Clearing Member Company of SGX-ST in accordance with the rules of SGX-ST, as in effect from time to time a company whose principal activities consist of exploration for or extraction of minerals, oil or gas. This excludes companies that purely provide services or equipment to other companies engaged in such activities. Guide for the operating and financial review issued by the Council on Corporate Disclosure and Governance the document referred to in Rule 407 an offer information statement as defined in Rule 865 (where lodged with the Exchange), or as defined in the SFA (where lodged with the Authority) the list of issuers maintained by the Exchange in relation to Catalist the practice notes issued by the Exchange from time to time under and pursuant to Rule 108, as may be amended, modified or supplemented from time to time

introducing activities

"listed" listing applicant or issuer

listing confirmation Listing Manual

Main Board Listing Rules "managerial position"

market

"market day" "member company"

mineral, oil and gas company

OFR Guide

offer document offer information statement

"Official List" "Practice Notes"

Definitions 4

preliminary offer document

an offer document that does not contain the information set out in the Second Schedule, Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments)(Shares and Debentures) Regulations 2005 a subsidiary whose latest audited consolidated pre-tax profits (excluding the minority interest relating to that subsidiary) as compared with the latest audited consolidated pre-tax profits of the group (excluding the minority interest relating to that subsidiary) accounts for 20% or more of such pre-tax profits of the group. In determining profits, exceptional and extraordinary items are to be excluded in print, no smaller than the main text of the document, and positioned on the front cover (a) controlling shareholders and their associates; and (b) executive directors with an interest in 5% or more of the issued share capital at the time of listing.

"principal subsidiary"

prominently

promoters

"public"

persons other than: (a) directors, chief executive officer, substantial shareholders, or controlling shareholders of the issuer and its subsidiary companies; and (b) associates of the persons in paragraph (a)

qualified person

a person who has the appropriate experience in the type of activity undertaken or to be undertaken by a mineral, oil and gas company, meeting the following minimum requirements: (a) is professionally qualified and a member or licensee in good standing of a relevant Recognized Professional Association; (b) has at least five years relevant professional experience in the estimation, assessment and evaluation of: (i) the mineral or minerals, oil or gas that is under consideration; and (ii) the activity which the issuer is undertaking; and (c) has not been found to be in breach of any relevant rule or law and is not: (i) denied or disqualified from membership of; (ii) subject to any sanction imposed; (iii) the subject of any disciplinary proceedings; or (iv) the subject of any investigation which might lead to disciplinary action, by any relevant regulatory authority or professional association.

Definitions 5

Recognised Association

Professional a self-regulatory organisation of professionals in the mineral, oil or gas industries which is recognised by the Exchange must: (a) admit members on the basis of academic qualifications and experience; (b) require compliance with organisations professional standards of competence and ethics established, and (c) have disciplinary powers to suspend or expel a member.

reserve

the following meanings, or their equivalent under the relevant Standard used: (a) with regard to minerals, the economically mineable part of a resource. It includes diluting materials and allowances for losses which may occur when the material is mined. Appropriate assessments and studies have been carried out, and include consideration of and modification by realistically assumed mining, metallurgical, economic, marketing, legal, environmental, social and governmental factors. Reserves can be further categorised as: (i) Proved Reserve is the economically mineable part of a Measured Resource. Assessments and studies carried out demonstrate at the time of reporting that extraction is justified; and (ii) Probable Reserve is the economically mineable part of an Indicated, and in some circumstances, a Measured Resource. Assessments and studies carried out demonstrate at the time of reporting that extraction can reasonably be justified; (b) with regard to oil and gas, those quantities of petroleum anticipated to be commercially recoverable by application of development projects to known accumulations from a given date forward under defined conditions. Reserves can be further categorised as: (i) Proved Reserve is the quantity of petroleum, which by analysis of geoscience and engineering data, can be estimated with reasonable certainty to be commercially recoverable, from a given date forward, from known reservoirs and under defined economic conditions, operating methods and government regulations; (ii) Probable Reserve is the additional reserve which analysis of geoscience and engineering data indicate are less likely to be recovered than a Proved Reserve but more certain to be recovered than a Possible Reserve; and (iii) Possible Reserve is the additional reserve which analysis of geoscience and engineering data indicate are less likely to be recoverable than a Probable Reserve.

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resource

the following meanings, or their equivalent under the relevant Standard used: (a) with regard to minerals, a concentration or occurrence of material of intrinsic economic interest in or on the earths crust in such form, quality and quantity that there are reasonable prospects for economic extraction. The location, quantity, grade, geological characteristics and continuity of a resource are known, estimated or interpreted from specific geological evidence and knowledge. Resources are sub-divided, in order of decreasing geological confidence, into: (i) Measured Resource is that part of a resource for which tonnage, densities, shape, physical characteristics, grade and mineral content can be estimated with a high level of confidence. It is based on detailed and reliable exploration, sampling and testing information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes. The locations are spaced closely enough to confirm geological and grade continuity; (ii) Indicated Resource is that part of a resource for which tonnage, densities, shape, physical characteristics, grade and mineral content can be estimated with a reasonable level of confidence. It is based on exploration, sampling and testing information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes. The locations are too widely or inappropriately spaced to confirm geological and/or grade continuity but are spaced closely enough for continuity to be assumed; and (iii) Inferred Resource is that part of a resource for which tonnage, grade and mineral content can be estimated with a low level of confidence. It is inferred from geological evidence and assumed but not verified geological and/or grade continuity. It is based on information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes which may be limited or of uncertain quality and reliability. (b) with regard to oil and gas, refers to (i) Contingent Resources are those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations by application of development projects, but which are not currently considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies; and (ii) Prospective Resources are those quantities of petroleum which are estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from undiscovered accumulations.

registration notice

the notice issued by the Exchange upon the registration of an offer document under section 240(1)(a)(iii) of the SFA by the Exchange

Definitions 7

acting as agent of MAS "relative" (a) a persons immediate family; and (b) in relation to the persons in paragraph (a), means that persons spouse, child, adopted child, step-child, sibling, or parent Rule or the Rules any or all of the rules in Section B of the Listing Manual, as the case may be the Securities and Futures Act (Chapter 289) of Singapore and any statutory modification or re-enactment thereof

SFA

"SGX-ST" or "the Exchange" Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited SGX Main Board "SGXNET" SGX-ST Main Board the Exchanges network, a system network used by listed companies in sending information and announcements to the Exchange or any other system networks prescribed by the Exchange the Guidelines on Due Diligence in the Context of an Initial Public Offering in Singapore issued by the Singapore Investment Banking Association system under which trading of securities is settled on a book-entry basis issuers whose transactions in their securities are settled by physical delivery of the certificates relating to such securities debt securities, equity securities and investment funds the securities account maintained by a depositor with CDP a full sponsor or continuing sponsor the standards of reporting: (a) under one of the following codes or guidelines: with regards to minerals, (i) National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Minerals Projects (NI43-101), including Companion Policy 43-101, as promulgated by the Canadian Securities Adminstrators (ii) Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves promulgated by the Joint Ore Reserves Committee of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Australian Institute of Geoscientists and Minerals Council of Australia (JORC Code); (iii) Pan European Reserves and Resources Reporting Committee Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves (PERC Code); and

SIBA Due Diligence Guidelines

"scripless system"

"scrip counters"

"securities" "securities account" sponsor Standard

Definitions 8

(iv) Code for Technical Assessment and Valuation of Mineral and Petroleum Assets and Securities for Independent Expert Reports promulgated by the VALMIN Committee (VALMIN Code); with regards to oil and gas, (i) Petroleum Resource Management System promulgated by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the World Petroleum Council, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEPRMS); and (ii) Code for Technical Assessment and Valuation of Mineral and Petroleum Assets and Securities for Independent Expert Reports promulgated by the VALMIN Committee (VALMIN Code); (b) as promulgated by one of the following organisations: with regards to minerals, (i) Australasian Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC); (ii) Pan European Reserves Committee (PERC); and Resources Reporting

(iii) Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME); and (iv) Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM); (v) The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) with regards to oil and gas, (i) Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE); (ii) World Petroleum Council (WPC); (iii) the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG); and (iv) the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE); or (c) an equivalent standard that is acceptable to the Exchange. "Takeover Code" treasury shares The Singapore Code on Take-overs and Mergers shares as defined in the Companies Act or any other statutory modification thereof. For the purpose of the Rules, treasury shares will be excluded from references to issued share capital, and equity securities, and for the calculation of market capitalization and public float where referred to in the Rules. (a) a company registered as a trust company under the Trust

"trustee"

Definitions 9

Companies Act; or (b) a company, other than a trust company referred to in paragraph (a), that is a public company under the Act or under the laws of any other country which has been declared by the Minister to be a trustee for the purposes of the Act "weighted average price" the total value of transactions in a listed security (for each transaction, the price multiplied by volume) for that market day divided by the volume transacted for that market day

Interpretations (1) Unless the context requires otherwise, words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa, and words importing the masculine include the feminine and neuter and vice versa. (2) Where definitions in the Exchanges listing rules are wider than or the obligations and requirements imposed by the Exchanges listing rules are more onerous than the provisions of any ordinance, regulation or other statutory provision from time to time in force in Singapore, issuers shall be required to comply with such broader obligations provided that where any provision of the Exchanges listing rules is in conflict with the provisions of any such ordinance, regulation or other statutory provision, the provisions of such ordinance, regulation or other statutory provision shall prevail. (3) Unless the context requires otherwise, terms that are not specifically defined in the listing rules will have the same meaning as assigned to them under the Companies Act.

Definitions 10

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION
PART I SCOPE OF SECTION B OF LISTING MANUAL

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The Exchange operates Catalist in accordance with Section B of the Listing Manual, with a view to promoting a fair, orderly and transparent market. In general: (1) the roles and obligations of sponsors and their registered professionals are set out in Chapter 2 (Sponsors) and Chapter 3 (Disciplinary and Appeals Procedures); and the obligations of listing applicants, the manner in which their securities are to be offered and the continuing obligations of the issuers are set out in Chapter 4 (Equity Securities), Chapter 7 (Continuing Obligations), Chapter 8 (Changes in Capital), Chapter 9 (Interested Person Transactions), Chapter 10 (Acquisitions and Realisations), Chapter 11 (Takeovers), Chapter 12 (Circulars and Annual Reports) and Chapter 13 (Trading Halt, Suspension and Delisting).

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PART II

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

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The Rules seek to secure and maintain confidence in the market. The underlying principles of the Rules include the following: (1) a sponsor shall have minimum standards of quality, systems, resources, experience and expertise to comply with the Rules, which includes assessing the suitability of companies for listing on Catalist and advising issuers on compliance with the Rules; an issuer shall have minimum standards of quality, operations, management experience and expertise; investors and their professional advisers shall be given all information that they would reasonably require to make an informed assessment of the securities for which listing is sought; an issuer shall disclose information if a reasonable person would expect that information to have a material effect on the price or value of its listed securities; all holders of listed securities shall be treated fairly and equitably; and directors of an issuer shall act in the interests of shareholders as a whole, particularly where a director or substantial shareholder has a material interest in a transaction entered into by the issuer.

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5) (6)

PART III

APPLICATION OF RULES

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The Rules are interpreted, administered and enforced by the Exchange. An issuer shall ensure that its directors are responsible for the issuers compliance with the Rules. The sponsor is responsible for advising the issuer on the

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interpretation and compliance with the issuers obligations in the Rules. The decisions of the Exchange are conclusive and binding on the issuer. The Exchange may at any time vary its decision in any way, or revoke it. It may do so upon the application of the issuer or of its own accord and at its absolute discretion. The variation or revocation will take effect from the date specified by the Exchange. (2) A sponsor shall ensure that its directors are responsible for the sponsors compliance with the Rules. Unless referred to the Disciplinary Committee or the Appeals Committee, the decisions of the Exchange are conclusive and binding on the sponsor. The Exchange may at any time vary its decision in any way, or revoke it. It may do so upon the application of the sponsor or of its own accord and at its absolute discretion. The variation or revocation will take effect from the date specified by the Exchange. Unless referred to the Appeals Committee, the decisions of the Disciplinary Committee are conclusive and binding. If referred to the Appeals Committee, its decisions are conclusive and binding. The Exchange may impose additional requirements or make any listing subject to special conditions whenever it considers it appropriate. The Exchange may waive or modify compliance with a Rule (or part of a Rule) either generally or to suit the circumstances of a particular case, unless the Rule specifies that the Exchange will not waive it. The Exchange may grant a waiver subject to such conditions, as it considers appropriate. If the Exchange waives a Rule (or part of a Rule) subject to a condition, the condition must be satisfied for the waiver to be effective. Where a waiver is granted, it must be announced by the issuer as soon as practicable. Applications for waivers should be submitted through the issuers sponsor. Where the Exchange rejects an admission, or other application made pursuant to Section B of the Listing Manual, it may, if it considers it appropriate, disclose the reasons for its decision but is under no obligation to do so. (1) The Rules may be amended by the Exchange from time to time, subject to such approval as may be required by applicable law. The Exchange may, from time to time, issue Practice Notes or amend existing Practice Notes to provide guidance on the interpretation and application of any Rule or a more detailed prescription of a Rule. The Exchange may from time to time issue a best practices guide relating to corporate governance matters, and may amend such best practices guide. The Exchange may, from time to time, publish transitional arrangements in relation to any amended or new rule.

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(2)

PART IV

SPONSORS AND ISSUERS DIRECTORS

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A listing applicant shall appoint a full sponsor in order to be eligible for listing on Catalist. An issuer shall retain a sponsor at all times and seek advice from its sponsor regarding compliance with the Rules wherever appropriate, giving due consideration to such advice. An issuer shall ensure that its directors accept responsibility, collectively and individually, for the issuers compliance with the Rules. Directors and proposed directors of an applicant (following admission, the issuer) are responsible for the accuracy of the information submitted to the Exchange.

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Generally, the Exchange expects information to be submitted through the sponsor. The sponsor shall exercise due care and diligence in respect of all information that is submitted through it. The Exchange must be kept informed of all matters which should be brought to its attention.

PART V

FEES AND OTHER CHARGES

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Listing applicants, applicants, issuers, sponsors and registered professionals must pay such fees and charges as prescribed by the Exchange from time to time. The Exchange may waive any fee or charges. The fees payable are published by the Exchange from time to time.

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PART VI

LIABILITY OF SGX-ST

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When the Exchange publishes or releases an issuers announcement on its behalf, the Exchange shall not be responsible to check the accuracy of the facts or any of the contents of such announcement, and shall not be liable for any damages or losses however arising as a result of publishing the announcement or disseminating the information in the announcement. The issuer shall indemnify the Exchange for any such losses or damages or costs, including any arising as a result of legal proceedings brought by any third party. Neither the Exchange nor any servant or agent of the Exchange, nor any member of the advisory panel, Disciplinary Committee or Appeals Committee is liable to any sponsor applicant or sponsor (including any director, officer, registered professional, employee or agent of the sponsor) for performing its functions under the Rules. This limitation of liability extends to any actions whether in contract or tort or otherwise, and applies even in the purported performance of a function in good faith.

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CHAPTER 2 SPONSORS

PART I

SCOPE OF CHAPTER
This Chapter sets out the requirements for sponsors and registered professionals. In authorising sponsors and registered professionals, a major consideration is to maintain the Exchanges operation of markets with high integrity and standards. The Exchange may authorise a sponsor to act as a full sponsor or a continuing sponsor. The Exchange may register an individual to act as a registered professional.

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PART II

AUTHORISATION OF SPONSORS

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To be eligible for authorisation as a full sponsor, an applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria, in addition to any legal and regulatory requirements: (1) be a corporation with a minimum base capital of $500,000 and sufficient professional indemnity insurance to cover its proposed sponsor activities; have established and operate out of a physical office in Singapore; have substantial shareholders, directors and key officers who are, in the Exchanges opinion, fit and proper; be experienced as a lead issue manager; have, in the Exchanges opinion, a satisfactory reputation and work record in all places where it has operated; not be in breach of any relevant rule or law in any place where it operates, including being the subject of any disciplinary proceedings, or any investigation which might lead to disciplinary action by any regulatory authority. The Exchange will normally not accept an applicant if complaints, warning letters, fines, private or public censures or reprimands, or other disciplinary action by any regulatory authority has occurred in the last 2 years; have sufficient skills and resources to discharge its obligations as a sponsor, including, upon authorisation, employing at least 3 professionals who meet the criteria in Rule 212 for registered professionals, where: (a) at least 1 has a minimum of 10 years experience in corporate finance advisory work or related advisory work, and has advised in a managerial or supervisory capacity on at least 5 listings in the 10 years prior to the application; and at least 2 have a minimum of 5 years experience each in corporate finance advisory work or related advisory work, and 1 of these professionals has advised on at least 3 listings in the 5 years prior to the application; and

(2) (3)

(4) (5)

(6)

(7)

(b)

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upon authorisation, be independent of, and have no conflicts of interest with, the entities it sponsors. To be eligible for authorisation as a continuing sponsor, an applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria in addition to any legal and regulatory requirements:

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be a corporation with a minimum base capital of $250,000 and sufficient professional indemnity insurance to cover its proposed sponsor activities; have established and operate out of a physical office in Singapore; have substantial shareholders, directors and key officers who are, in the Exchanges opinion, fit and proper; be experienced in corporate finance advisory work or compliance advisory work; have, in the Exchanges opinion, a satisfactory reputation and work record in all places where it has operated; not be in breach of any relevant rule or law in any place where it operates, including being the subject of any disciplinary proceedings, or any investigation which might lead to disciplinary action by any regulatory authority. The Exchange will take into consideration any previous breaches by the applicant of any relevant rule or law, and past disciplinary action by any regulatory authority. The Exchange will normally not accept an applicant if complaints, warning letters, fines, private or public censures or reprimands, or other disciplinary action by any regulatory authority has occurred in the last 2 years; have sufficient skills and resources to discharge its obligations as a sponsor, including upon authorisation, employing at least 2 professionals who meet the criteria in Rule 212 for registered professionals, where: (a) at least 1 has a minimum of 5 years managerial or supervisory experience in corporate finance advisory work or related advisory work; and at least 1 has a minimum of 5 years experience in:(i) corporate finance advisory work; or (ii) accounting, auditing or finance work;

(2) (3)

(4) (5)

(6)

(7)

(b)

(8)

once authorised, be independent of, and have no conflicts of interest with, the entities it sponsors. The Exchange has absolute discretion concerning the authorisation of an applicant. It may authorise an applicant unconditionally, or subject to conditions, or reject an applicant as it thinks appropriate. The Exchange is not obliged to give reasons. The Exchange reserves the right to vary any condition or impose additional conditions. Without derogating from Rule 206 and regardless of fulfilment of the eligibility criteria, the Exchange will not authorise an applicant if in the Exchanges opinion:

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it is contrary to the interests of the public; or the reputation of the Exchange or the integrity of the market may be adversely affected. A sponsor must continue to meet the criteria for authorisation and any conditions or restrictions imposed by the Exchange, at all times.

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(1)

The Exchange will maintain a register of authorised sponsors. The Exchange may revoke the authorisation of a sponsor if: (a) (b) the sponsor requests; the sponsor is unable to, evinces an intention or has failed to comply with the Rules; or in the Exchanges opinion, it is in the interests of the Exchange or markets established or operated by the Exchange.

(c)

(2)

The Exchange may decide not to act under Rule 210(1) if it has charged, or intends to charge, a sponsor before the Disciplinary Committee. If the Exchange acts under Rule 210(1), it may disallow the entity from re-applying as a sponsor for a specified period or indefinitely. A former sponsor is bound by the Rules, including remaining subject to disciplinary proceedings, in respect of acts or omissions which occurred while it was authorised.

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PART III

REGISTRATION OF REGISTERED PROFESSIONALS

212

To be eligible for registration as a registered professional, an applicant must meet the following criteria: (1) (2) (3) be employed full time by a sponsor, unless otherwise agreed by the Exchange; have a satisfactory reputation and work record in all places where he has worked; not be in breach of any relevant rule or law in any place where he works, including being the subject of any disciplinary proceedings, or any investigation which might lead to disciplinary action by any regulatory authority. The Exchange will take into consideration any previous breaches by the applicant of any relevant rule or law, and past disciplinary action by any regulatory authority. The Exchange will normally not accept an applicant if complaints, warning letters, fines, private or public censures or reprimands, or other disciplinary action by any regulatory authority occurred in the last 2 years; hold a degree or appropriate professional qualifications; and have relevant experience, which should normally fall within one of the categories in Rule 204(7) or Rule 205(7), unless otherwise agreed by the Exchange. The Exchange has absolute discretion concerning the registration of an applicant. It may register an applicant unconditionally, or subject to conditions, or reject an applicant as it thinks appropriate. The Exchange is not obliged to give reasons. The Exchange reserves the right to vary any condition or impose additional conditions. Without derogating from Rule 213 and regardless of fulfilment of the eligibility criteria, the Exchange will not register an applicant if in the Exchanges opinion: (1) (2) it is contrary to the interests of the public; or the reputation of the Exchange or the integrity of the market may be adversely affected.

(4) (5)

213

214

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215

A registered professional must continue to meet the criteria for registration and any conditions or restrictions imposed by the Exchange, at all times. The Exchange will maintain a register of registered professionals. (1) The Exchange may cancel the registration of a registered professional or require a sponsor to remove a registered professional from undertaking sponsor activities if: (a) (b) the sponsor or registered professional requests; the registered professional is unable to, evinces an intention or has failed in carrying out the duties and obligations of the sponsor or to comply with the criteria for registration; or in the Exchanges opinion, it is in the interests of the Exchange or markets established or operated by the Exchange.

216 217

(c)

(2)

The Exchange may decide not to act under Rule 217(1) if it has charged, or intends to charge, a registered professional before the Disciplinary Committee. If the Exchange acts under Rule 217(1), it may disallow the individual from reapplying as a registered professional for a specified period or indefinitely. A former registered professional is bound by the Rules, including remaining subject to disciplinary proceedings, in respect of acts or omissions which occurred while he was registered. If a registered professional leaves the employment of a sponsor, he:

(3)

218

219 (1) (2)

must notify the Exchange as soon as practicable; and will be de-registered.

PART IV

APPLICATION PROCESS

220 (1)

To apply to be a sponsor or registered professional, an applicant must: submit to the Exchange the completed form in Appendix 2A (for sponsors), or Appendix 2B (for registered professionals); and pay the required fees. The application will be subject to the following process: (1) (2) (3) (4) The eligibility criteria will be checked for fulfilment. An opinion may be obtained from the advisory panel referred to in Rule 237. The Exchange may visit the office of the applicant. With regard to sponsor applicants - key officers, proposed registered professionals and employees undertaking sponsor activities, will be screened and may be interviewed. With regard to registered professional applicants the applicants will be screened

(2) 221

(5)

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222

(1)

and may be interviewed by the Exchange. The Exchange may require an applicant to provide any additional information or documents it requires for consideration of the application. The Exchange may make inquiries of other regulatory authorities or third parties in connection with the application.

(2)

PART V

RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS PROFESSIONALS

OF

SPONSORS

AND

REGISTERED

223 (1) (2) 224 (1)

A sponsor is authorised to undertake the following activities: full sponsor: introducing activities and continuing activities; continuing sponsor: continuing activities. A sponsor must comply with the following general obligations: Maintain eligibility, including the following: (a) ensure that it continues to fulfil the eligibility criteria in Rules 204 or 205, and such conditions imposed by the Exchange; notify the Exchange immediately if it ceases to fulfil any of the eligibility criteria or conditions imposed by the Exchange, or has reason to believe that it will cease to do so; and keep up to date with the requirements of the Rules and the law, and professional standards relevant to the fulfilment of its responsibilities, including a sound understanding of the legal and regulatory framework for the Singapore corporate finance market and Catalist in particular.

(b)

(c)

(2)

Liaise with the Exchange on matters which should be brought to its attention, including the following: (a) appoint a sufficiently senior registered professional (and an alternate) to liaise with the Exchange on matters concerning the sponsors responsibilities. The sponsor must provide the Exchange with the contact details of such liaison persons and inform the Exchange immediately of any change to the details; notify the Exchange when it accepts sponsorship of an issuer, in the form contained in Appendix 2C; notify the Exchange when an issuer refuses to heed its advice on matters which may involve or lead to a breach of the Rules; notify the Exchange when it forms the opinion that the trading of the issuers securities should be halted or suspended, or that the issuer should be delisted; provide any information required by the Exchange as soon as practicable, ensuring reasonably, that such information is correct, complete and not misleading. If subsequently it reasonably believes that the information provided does not meet this standard, notify the Exchange as soon as practicable, and correct the information;

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

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(f)

seek the Exchanges advice if it is unsure about the application or interpretation of the Rules or if a situation may adversely affect the reputation of the Exchange or integrity of the market. The Exchange will generally not accept enquiries from a sponsor on an anonymous basis; notify the Exchange promptly on employing a new registered professional; notify the Exchange if a registered professional leaves its employment. If possible, the Sponsor must give at least one months notice; and notify the Exchange if any change in its board of directors or auditors occurs or is proposed.

(g) (h)

(i)

(3)

Have adequate systems and resources to discharge its obligations under the Rules, including the following: (a) sufficient number of registered professionals, including ensuring that any employee: (i) whose experience falls within any of the categories in Rule 204(7) or Rule 205(7); and (ii) who undertakes sponsor activities, applies for registration as a registered professional; adequate systems and processes to ensure that registered professionals continue to meet the criteria for registration and any conditions or restrictions imposed by the Exchange, at all times; sufficient and appropriately qualified and experienced corporate finance, compliance and other employees, having regard to Practice Note 2A paragraph 6; appropriate internal processes and operating procedures, including those required for the supervision of employees and the quality of their work; adequate and up-to-date documentation, including its compliance, policy and procedural manuals, to support its work processes and supervision of employees; record-keeping that ensures records pertaining to its business are kept for at least 6 years, including a complete audit trail of key discussions, advice and decision-making processes in relation to listing applicants and issuers and the basis for the advice and decisions; and controls, procedures and other safeguards to maintain its independence and avoid conflicts of interest, including complying with the requirements set out in Appendix 2D.

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

(f)

(g)

(4)

Act properly at all times in dealings with listing applicants or issuers, including the following: (a) (b) (c) use due care and skill; maintain regular contact with listing applicants and issuers; seek assistance of other appropriately qualified and suitable professionals as needed, while retaining overall management and responsibility for the activity;

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(d)

be independent of the listing applicant or issuer and avoid conflicts of interest, including complying with the requirements set out in Appendix 2D; and only accept sponsorship of listing applicants and issuers that allow the sponsor to discharge its obligations under the Rules.

(e)

(5)

Be responsible for the acts and omissions of its directors, officers, registered professionals, employees and agents. Comply with the Rules and notify the Exchange when it fails to do so, or when it becomes aware that it is likely to fail to do so. Ensure that communications with the Exchange are kept confidential, except as required to be disclosed: (a) (b) to the listing applicant or issuer; to the sponsors employees, advisers, consultants or agents on a need-toknow basis; by the Authority; or by any law.

(6)

(7)

(c) (d) 225 (1)

A full sponsor, in preparing a listing applicant for admission or advising an issuer in a very substantial acquisition or reverse takeover, must be satisfied that, having made reasonable due diligence enquiries and having considered all relevant matters, the listing applicant, or in the case of a very substantial acquisition or reverse takeover, the enlarged group, is suitable to be listed. This includes doing each of the following, having regard to the guidance in Practice Notes 2B and 4A: (a) achieve a thorough understanding of the listing applicant or enlarged group and its business, including recent major developments relating to it, and gain an understanding of the industry it operates in; investigate and consider the suitability of each executive officer, director and the board as a whole in relation to the listing applicants or enlarged groups needs; conduct the due diligence process for the offer document or shareholders circular, including at a minimum, complying with the SIBA Due Diligence Guidelines where applicable or such other satisfactory and no less strict due diligence guidelines or processes; oversee, and be actively involved in, the preparation of the offer document or shareholders circular and ensure compliance with any rule requirements or legal requirements; satisfy itself that the listing applicant or enlarged group has sufficient systems, procedures, controls and resources to comply with the Rules and that its directors understand and intend to fulfil their obligations at all times for as long as the securities of the issuer remain listed on Catalist; consider and advise on the suitability and competence of other professionals and consultants involved in the admission, very substantial acquisition or reverse takeover process;

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

(f)

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(g)

undertake independent verification directly or by a reputable agent, of the listing applicant or enlarged group, its management and controlling shareholders, including: (i) key persons personal and business backgrounds and integrity, role in the listing applicants or enlarged groups business, interests in other companies, and any criminal or other records or links to money laundering or organized crime; and (ii) the listing applicants or enlarged groups history, structure, accounts, business reputation and development, its related companies, its other businesses, and the influence of key persons; ensure that its declaration regarding the listing applicant or the enlarged group (Appendix 4B) is submitted to the Exchange. where the listing applicant or enlarged group is a mineral, oil and gas company, the full sponsor must ensure that it has access to appropriate technical expertise relevant to the business and products of the listing applicant or enlarged group to enable it to properly discharge its obligations as a sponsor. Such expertise can be from a third-party expert or an internal resource of equivalent standards within the full sponsor; and where the listing applicant or enlarged group is a mineral, oil and gas company, the full sponsor must: (i) obtain a legal opinion, to be disclosed in the Offer Document of the listing applicant, on the following matters: (a) compliance by the listing applicant or enlarged group with all the relevant laws, rules and regulations, including but not limited to, the proper incorporation and good standing of any incorporated subsidiary or interest; and (b) the title to or validity and enforceability of the rights to any assets (including licences and agreements), as is appropriate to the listing applicant or enlarged group. Such legal opinion must be from a legal adviser who has the relevant experience and is authorised to practice and advise in the relevant jurisdiction. (ii) be satisfied that the qualified person producing the qualified persons report required under Rule 441 has the relevant and appropriate qualifications, experience and technical knowledge to professionally and independently appraise the assets and liabilities being reported upon; be satisfied that the scope of the qualified persons report required under Rule 441 is appropriate with regards to the listing applicants or enlarged groups assets and liabilities; and be satisfied that the work performed by the qualified person is in accordance with the relevant Standard

(h)

(i)

(j)

(iii)

(iv)

(2)

When asked by the Exchange, demonstrate that it has complied with Practice Note 2B or how it has met the objectives in that Practice Note in another way.

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(3)

A full sponsor conducting introducing activities for an issuer must act as the continuing sponsor for the issuer for at least 3 years after admission of the issuer or the enlarged group. If the sponsor intends to end the sponsorship within 3 years of the issuers listing, it must obtain the Exchanges approval. The Exchange may, in exceptional circumstances, give such approval. A sponsor taking on sponsorship of an existing issuer following obligations: (a) must comply with the

226

(1)

achieve a thorough understanding of the issuer and its business, including recent major developments relating to it, and gain an understanding of the industry it operates in, having regard to the guidance in paragraph 2 of Practice Note 2B where applicable; investigate and consider the suitability of each director and proposed director of the issuer and consider the efficacy of the board as a whole for the companys needs, having regard to the guidance in paragraph 3 of Practice Note 2B where applicable; and satisfy itself that the issuer has sufficient systems, procedures, controls and resources to comply with the Rules and that its directors understand and intend to fulfil their obligations at all times for as long as the issuer is listed on the Exchange, having regard to the guidance in paragraph 6 of Practice Note 2B.

(b)

(c)

(2)

A sponsor, in undertaking continuing activities for an issuer, must comply with the following obligations, having regard to the guidance in Practice Note 2C, where applicable: (a) maintain regular contact with its issuer, including being available to advise on: (i) all Rule matters; and (ii) corporate governance matters (including board governance matters) or arrange for an appropriate adviser to do so; review all documents to be released by the issuer to shareholders or to the market (including announcements, resolutions contained in notices of meetings, circulars and corporate actions) before release, to ensure that the issuer is in compliance with the Rules and makes proper disclosure. The document must display prominently the following on the front cover: This document has been reviewed by the Companys sponsor, [full name of sponsor]. It has not been examined or approved by the Exchange and the Exchange assumes no responsibility for the contents of this document, including the correctness of any of the statements or opinions made or reports contained in this document. The contact person for the sponsor is [full name], [contact details]. (c) monitor the trading of the listed securities of its issuer and seek and review reasons for any unusual fluctuations in the price and volume of the listed securities; advise its issuer on the suitability of directors arising from proposed changes in the issuers board of directors; advise its issuer on the appointment of a suitable accounting firm to meet the issuers audit obligations; and

(b)

(d)

(e)

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(f)

advise its issuer if the trading of the issuers securities should be halted or suspended.

(3)

When asked by the Exchange, demonstrate that it has complied with Practice Note 2C or how it has met the objectives in the Practice Note in another way. A sponsor undertaking continuing activities for an issuer that is executing a corporate action must be satisfied, having made reasonable due diligence enquiries (including, at a minimum, complying with the SIBA Due Diligence Guidelines where applicable or such other satisfactory and no less strict due diligence guidelines or processes) and having considered all relevant matters, of the following: (a) the suitability and competence of other professionals involved in the corporate action; and consultants

(4)

(b) (c)

compliance with any rule requirements or legal requirements; and that any difference in effect of the corporate action on minority shareholders compared to other shareholders, is clearly disclosed.

(5)

A sponsor taking on sponsorship of, or undertaking continuing activities for, an existing issuer which is a mineral, oil and gas company must comply with the following obligations: (a) ensure that it has access to appropriate technical expertise relevant to the business and products of the issuer to enable it to properly discharge its obligations as a sponsor. Such expertise can be from a third-party expert or an internal resource of equivalent standards within the sponsor; maintain access to such technical expertise for as long as it remains as the sponsor for such issuer; and disclose in the relevant announcement, document or circular, whether it had relied on such technical expertise in the discharge of its obligations as a sponsor and if so, whether such expertise is from a third-party expert or an internal resource within the sponsor.

(b)

(c)

227

When making an assessment of whether a sponsor has complied with its obligations in Rules 224, 225 and 226, the Exchange will take into account any Rules, procedures or guidelines set out in supplementary documentation issued by the Exchange. If a sponsor or an issuer intends to end the sponsorship, the out-going sponsor must do the following: (1) Notify the Exchange as follows: (a) if the sponsor is ending the sponsorship, it must give no less than 3 months notice; or if the issuer is ending the sponsorship, the sponsor must inform the Exchange as soon as the issuer has indicated its intention to end the sponsorship.

228

(b)

The notification must include the reasons for ending the sponsorship. (2) Continue its sponsorship of the issuer during the notice period, unless a new sponsor agrees to take over before the expiry of the period.

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(3)

Be available to discuss in a constructive and forthcoming manner with a new sponsor, its experiences with the issuer and the reasons for ending the sponsorship. Provide any documents or information that the Exchange requires. Provide to the issuer, in a form suitable for release to the market, confirmation that it is not aware of any non-compliance with the Rules by the issuer that has not been brought to the attention of the new sponsor, or if there is no new sponsor, the Exchange. The issuer must release the confirmation via SGXNET. A registered professional must comply with the following obligations:

(4) (5)

229 (1)

Maintain eligibility, including the following: (a) ensure that he continues to fulfil the eligibility criteria in Rule 212, and such conditions imposed by the Exchange; notify the Exchange immediately if he ceases to fulfil any of the eligibility criteria or conditions imposed by the Exchange, or has reason to believe that he will cease to do so; and

(b)

(2)

Exercise skill, care and diligence and comply with the applicable Rules when carrying out the duties and obligations of the sponsor.

PART VI

REVIEW BY THE EXCHANGE

230

(1)

The Exchange will review the performance and procedures of sponsors to ascertain: (a) the quality of the due diligence and standards applied in assessing the suitability of companies for listing on Catalist; the quality of continuing activities; and whether the sponsors activities are being conducted in accordance with the Rules.

(b) (c)

(2)

In carrying out the review, the Exchange may: (a) appoint any person(s) to assist in the review and delegate any of its powers to such person(s); or require a sponsor to appoint, at its cost, a special auditor to review or investigate the sponsors affairs, and report its findings to the Exchange, the sponsor or such other party as the Exchange may direct. The Exchange must agree with the special auditor appointed and the scope of the audit.

(b)

(3)

The review may take one or more of the following forms: (a) (b) (c) review of documents submitted by the sponsor; interviews with the sponsors directors, officers, registered professionals, employees, agents or other relevant third parties; audit of the sponsors documents, records and procedures;

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(d) (e) 231

inspection; and investigation.

The following applies to a review by the Exchange, its appointed persons and the special auditor. (1) The sponsor must provide reasonable assistance, including: (a) allowing access to all information, books and records which, in the Exchanges opinion, may be relevant to the review; allowing access to its premises; requiring its directors, officers, registered professionals, agents to provide reasonable assistance; employees and

(b) (c)

(d) (e)

attendance at the Exchange or at such other venue the Exchange requires; ensuring that neither the sponsor nor any director, officer, registered professional, employee or agent wilfully makes or furnishes, or permits the making or furnishing, of any false or misleading information, statement or report to the Exchange; and immediately correcting any information, statement or report to the Exchange when it becomes aware that such information, statement or report is false or misleading.

(f)

(2)

The Exchange may give a copy of its review report to the sponsor, but is not obliged to do so. The Exchange may charge a fee for the review, which must be paid immediately by the sponsor. The Exchange may require a sponsor to submit any records, documents or communication to establish whether the sponsor continues to be eligible. A sponsor must lodge an annual return with the Exchange in the form of Appendix 2E. It must do so within 90 calendar days after its financial year-end.

(3)

232

233

234

(1)

The Exchange may take one or more of the actions in Rule 234(2) if: (a) in the Exchanges opinion, a sponsor or registered professional is unable to or evinces an intention or has failed to comply with the Rules; a sponsor or registered professional is in, or may get into, financial difficulty or a sponsor has insufficient capital; a sponsor or registered professional is in breach of any relevant rule or law in any place where it or he operates, including being the subject of any disciplinary proceedings, or any investigation which might lead to disciplinary action by any regulatory authority; or it is otherwise in the interests of the Exchange or markets established or operated by the Exchange.

(b)

(c)

(d)

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(2)

Subject to Rule 234(1), the Exchange may take one or more of the following actions against a sponsor or registered professional: (a) (b) (c) reprimand the sponsor or registered professional privately or publicly; require an education program to be undertaken; require rectification measures to be taken by the sponsor or registered professional; require the sponsor to operate its business, or a registered professional to undertake sponsor activities, subject to such restrictions or conditions as the Exchange decides; or suspend the sponsor or registered professional from specified or all activities as a sponsor or registered professional, for a period that the Exchange decides. The suspension may be announced to the market.

(d)

(e)

(3)

A suspension or restriction imposed pursuant to Rule 234(1)(c) ends if the sponsor or registered professional is acquitted or if the regulatory authority decides not to proceed with charges against the sponsor or registered professional. Nothing in this Rule prevents the Exchange from commencing disciplinary proceedings as it deems appropriate. Without limiting Rule 234, the Exchange may restrict a sponsor from taking on additional listing applicants or issuers if, in its opinion, the sponsor is insufficiently resourced to discharge its obligations under the Rules. Without limiting Rules 210, 217, 234 and 235, if the Exchange is of the opinion that a sponsor or registered professional has, or may have, breached a Rule, it may commence disciplinary proceedings under Chapter 3.

(4)

235

236

PART VII

ADVISORY PANEL

237

(1)

The Exchange may consult an advisory panel regarding sponsor and registered professional applications and other admission matters. The panel will comprise industry practitioners as appointed by the Exchange. The panel will review applications referred to it, and provide its opinion on the following matters as requested: (a) (b) the suitability of an applicant to be a sponsor or registered professional; the effect that the granting or refusing of an application may have on the reputation of the Exchange or the integrity of its markets; and any other matter the Exchange or the panel considers relevant.

(2) (3)

(c) (4)

The panel has the following powers: (a) (b) to review the application documents; and where appropriate, to interview the applicant, directors, officers, registered

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professionals and employees of the applicant. (5) The Exchange is not obliged to disclose the opinion of the panel to the relevant applicant. The Exchange is not bound by the opinion of the panel and the panel will not hear appeals from a decision of the Exchange. Any prospective sponsor or registered professional applying for authorization or registration respectively, agrees that the Exchange may refer to the panel for an opinion under the Rules.

(6)

238

PART VIII

LIABILITY

239

(1)

A sponsor, and any servant or agent of the sponsor is not liable to: (a) (b) any listing applicant or issuer it sponsors, or any director or officer of such listing applicant or sponsor,

for disclosing any information to the Exchange or a potential new sponsor, that is required in the performance of its functions as a sponsor or former sponsor. (2) This limitation of liability extends to any actions whether in contract or tort or otherwise.

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CHAPTER 3 DISCIPLINARY AND APPEALS PROCEDURES


PART I SCOPE OF CHAPTER

301

(1)

This Chapter sets out the Rules for disciplinary and appeals proceedings against sponsors and registered professionals. In this Chapter, Board means the board of directors of the Exchange. As Catalist has an alternative regulatory framework, the Exchange has established disciplinary measures to support the Exchanges operation of markets with high integrity.

(2) 302

PART II

TYPES OF COMMITTEES

303 (1)

Disciplinary Committee The Disciplinary Committee comprises persons appointed by the Board. No director, officer or employee of SGX-ST may be appointed. The Disciplinary Committee must include at least 1 corporate finance practitioner as part of the quorum. The Board determines the chairman and deputy chairman of the committee. In the absence of the chairman, the deputy chairman will have all the powers of the chairman. The Disciplinary Committee has a quorum of 3 (including the chairman) when the meeting proceeds to business but may complete any business of a meeting with 2 members. In the case of an equality of votes, the chairman of the meeting will be entitled to a casting vote. The chairman will appoint a date, time and place for the hearing. SGX-ST and the person charged must be given reasonable notice of the hearing. Members of the Disciplinary Committee must notify the chairman before, or during, the hearing of any possible conflict of interest in relation to a charge. The chairman will decide whether the member concerned should attend the hearing of that charge. The chairman must abstain from hearing a charge in which he may have a conflict of interest. The Disciplinary Committee may adjourn and reconvene its proceedings as it thinks fit. Except where it is expressly provided in the Rules, the Disciplinary Committee may establish its own procedures. Appeals Committee (1) The Appeals Committee comprises persons appointed by the Board provided that: (a) no director, officer or employee of Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX) or any of its related companies may be appointed;

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

304

3-1

(b)

a majority are not directors, officers or employees of the sponsors or its subsidiaries; and a majority are not substantial shareholders of SGX or directors, officers or employees of any substantial shareholder of SGX.

(c)

(2)

The Appeals Committee will include at least 1 corporate finance practitioner as part of the initial quorum. The Appeals Committee elects a chairman from among the members. The Appeals Committee has a quorum of 3 (including the chairman) when the meeting proceeds to business but may complete any business of a meeting with 2 members provided that Rules 304(1)(b) and 304(1)(c) are complied with. In the case of an equality of votes, the chairman will be entitled to a casting vote. The chairman will appoint a date, time and place for the hearing. The appellant and the respondent must be given reasonable notice of the hearing. Members of the Appeals Committee must notify the chairman before, or during, the hearing of any possible conflict of interest in relation to an appeal. The chairman will decide whether the member concerned should attend the hearing of that appeal. The chairman must abstain from hearing an appeal in which he may have a conflict of interest. The Appeals Committee may adjourn and reconvene its proceedings as it thinks fit. If the parties to the appeal are not attending the hearing, the Appeals Committee may hear the appeal by way of a resolution in writing. Except where it is expressly provided in the Rules, the Appeals Committee may establish its own procedures.

(3) (4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

PART III

INVESTIGATIONS

305 (1) (2)

The Exchange may conduct an investigation if: the investigation involves a possible breach of the Rules; the Exchange receives a written complaint involving an issuer, sponsor, or any of the sponsors directors, officers, registered professionals, employees, or agents; or in the Exchanges opinion, the circumstances warrant. The Exchange will conduct an investigation if the Authority directs. The Exchange may require an issuer, sponsor or any of the sponsors directors, officers, registered professionals, employees, or agents to: (1) render all assistance as the Exchange requires, at the Exchanges premises or elsewhere; and provide the Exchange with information, books and records which, in the Exchanges opinion, may be relevant to the investigation. An issuer, sponsor or registered professional must not willfully make, furnish or permit the making or furnishing of any false or misleading information, statement or

(3) 306 307

(2)

308

3-2

report to the Exchange. 309 The Exchange may appoint any person or persons to assist in its investigation (Exchange Examiner). The Exchange may delegate all or any of its powers under this Part III to the Exchange Examiner. The Exchange Examiner must report the results of the investigation to the Exchange.

PART IV

POWERS

310

The Exchange may charge, and the Disciplinary Committee may exercise its powers against, a sponsor or registered professional who: (1) (2) breaches any Rule, or any condition or restriction imposed by the Exchange; breaches any provisions involving fraud or dishonesty, whether in or out of Singapore; breaches directors duties; or engages in conduct detrimental to the financial integrity, reputation or interests of the Exchange. The Exchange may charge, and the Disciplinary Committee may exercise its powers against, a sponsor if any of its present or former directors, officers, registered professionals, employees, or agents causes the sponsor to: (1) (2) breach any Rule; breach any provisions involving fraud or dishonesty, whether in or out of Singapore; or engage in conduct detrimental to the financial integrity, reputation or interests of the Exchange. A former sponsor is bound by the Rules, including remaining subject to disciplinary proceedings, in respect of acts or omissions which occurred while it was authorised. A former registered professional is bound by the Rules, including remaining subject to disciplinary proceedings, in respect of acts or omissions which occurred while he was registered. The powers of the Disciplinary Committee against a sponsor include the following: (1) revoke or suspend the sponsors authorisation, whether or not the sponsor has asked for its authorisation to be revoked or it has resigned; impose a fine of not more than S$250,000 for each breach of the Rules. A fine may be ordered to be paid by instalments; impose any restrictions or conditions on activities that the sponsor undertakes; reprimand the sponsor; require an education program to be undertaken; and order a stay of the penalty imposed, pending an appeal to the Appeals Committee.

(3) (4)

311

(3)

312

(1)

(2)

313

(2)

(3) (4) (5) (6)

3-3

314

The powers of the Disciplinary Committee against a registered professional include the following: (1) cancel or suspend the registered professionals registration, whether or not the registered professional has asked for its registration to be cancelled or it has resigned; impose a fine of not more than S$100,000 for each breach of the Rules. A fine may be ordered to be paid by instalments; impose any restrictions or conditions on activities that the registered professional undertakes; reprimand the registered professional; require an education program to be undertaken; and order a stay of the penalty imposed, pending an appeal to the Appeals Committee.

(2)

(3)

(4) (5) (6)

PART V

PROCESS

315

The Exchange will give the sponsor or registered professional charged a written notice setting out particulars of the charge. In the case of a registered professional being charged, a copy will be given to its sponsor. The following procedures apply: (1) The party charged may submit a defence. It must be given to the secretary of the Disciplinary Committee within 14 days from the date of the notice of charge. The Exchange may respond to the defence. It must be given to the party charged and the secretary within 14 days of receipt of the defence. The party charged may reply to the response. It must be given to the secretary within 14 days of receipt of the response. Time to comply with the deadlines may be extended by the chairman of the Disciplinary Committee or his nominee. A written request for extension must be submitted within the deadline and must set out the grounds. The decision of the chairman or his nominee is final and binding. The Disciplinary Committee may hear a charge and exercise all its powers even if the party charged does not file a defence or a reply to the response, or is not present at the hearing or any adjourned hearing. (1) The Exchange and the party charged may be represented by an advocate and solicitor. The party charged must tell the secretary of the Disciplinary Committee in writing of the legal representatives name at least 14 days before the hearing of the charge. The Disciplinary Committee may seek the advice of an advocate and solicitor. The Exchange and the party charged may examine, and take copies of, the evidence which each of them intends to rely on at the hearing.

316

(2)

(3)

317

318

319

(2)

(3) 320 (1)

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(2)

The party charged must give the Exchange a written undertaking not to disclose information received from the Exchange in relation to the charge to any person, except the legal representative of the party charged for the purpose of the hearing or any appeal. A breach of the undertaking constitutes a breach of the Rules. The Exchange and the party charged may: (a) examine and cross-examine witnesses; and (b) request the attendance of a witness. The Disciplinary Committee may, in its absolute discretion: (a) call for the attendance of any witness; and (b) allow or disallow a request for the attendance of a witness. The Disciplinary Committee cannot compel the attendance of a witness. Unless expressly permitted by the chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, the Exchange and the party charged must not be present during the deliberation of a charge by the Disciplinary Committee. Failure to observe this Rule does not vitiate any decision.

(3) 321 (1)

(2)

(3) 322

323

(1)

The Exchange and the party charged may be present when the Disciplinary Committee announces its decision. The Disciplinary Committee will record short written grounds of decision. The Disciplinary Committee will give its written decision to the Exchange and the party charged. The Exchange will notify all sponsors of charges established by the Disciplinary Committee against a sponsor or registered professional, together with such details as the Exchange thinks appropriate. The Exchange may make the decision against a sponsor or registered professional public (together with such details as the Exchange thinks appropriate). For avoidance of doubt, this includes publication of the following information: (a) (b) (c) the particulars of the sponsor or registered professional; the particulars of the charge; the underlying facts in respect of the charge, which may include particulars of the issuer or any of the sponsors directors, officers, registered professionals, employees or agents involved; the findings and decision of the Disciplinary Committee or the Appeals Committee, where applicable; the basis of the findings and decision of the Disciplinary Committee or the Appeals Committee, where applicable; and the powers exercised by the Disciplinary Committee or the Appeals Committee, where applicable.

(2) (3)

324

(1)

(2)

(d)

(e)

(f)

(3)

This Rule operates as irrevocable consent by an issuer, sponsor and registered professional for the Exchange to publish or notify a decision. The consent remains valid and effective notwithstanding that the person ceases to be an issuer, sponsor

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or registered professional. An issuer, sponsor, or any of the sponsors directors, officers, registered professionals, employees or agents cannot initiate any action or proceeding against the Exchange or members of the Disciplinary Committee and Appeals Committee for publishing or notifying a decision under this Rule.

PART VI

APPEALS

325

(1)

The Exchange or the party charged may appeal against the decision of the Disciplinary Committee. A decision of the Appeals Committee is final and binding. The powers of the Appeals Committee include:

(2) 326 (1) (2)

all the powers of the Disciplinary Committee; increasing or reducing penalties, and overturning, varying or upholding any decision of the Disciplinary Committee; hearing appeals in accordance with the Rules; and dealing with such other matters as the Board gives it (either generally or in a particular case).

(3) (4)

PART VII

APPEAL PROCESS

327 (1)

The following procedures apply: The appellant must give a notice of appeal, setting out the full grounds of appeal to the respondent and the secretary of the Appeals Committee within 14 days of receipt of the Disciplinary Committees written decision under Rule 323(3). The respondent may respond. It must be given to the appellant and the secretary within 14 days of receipt of the notice of appeal. The appellant may reply to the response. It must be given to the respondent and the secretary within 14 days of receipt of the response. Time to comply with the deadlines may be extended by the chairman of the Appeals Committee or his nominee. A written request for extension must be submitted within the deadline and must set out the grounds. The decision of the chairman or his nominee is final and binding. The Appeals Committee may hear an appeal and exercise all its powers even if the respondent does not file a response or either party is not present at the hearing or any adjourned hearing. (1) An appellant, other than the Exchange, must pay an administrative fee of $1,500 when submitting a notice of appeal. The administrative fee is not refundable unless: (a) the appellant tells the secretary of the Appeals Committee in writing of withdrawal of the appeal at least 7 days before the hearing of the appeal;

(2)

(3)

328

329

330

(2)

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(b) (c)

the appeal is successful; or the chairman of the Appeals Committee agrees to a refund, whether in full or in part.

331

(1) (2)

An appellant and a respondent may be represented by an advocate and solicitor. The secretary of the Appeals Committee must be informed in writing of the legal representatives name at least 14 days before the hearing of the appeal. The Appeals Committee may seek the advice of an advocate and solicitor. The parties to an appeal may examine, and take copies of, the evidence which each of them intends to rely on at the hearing. The undertaking given under Rule 320(2) applies. The Appeals Committee will determine the appeal by way of rehearing. It will only rehear that part of the decision of the Disciplinary Committee appealed against. The Appeals Committee may receive evidence that was not presented to the Disciplinary Committee. In exercising its discretion, the Appeals Committee will consider whether the evidence was available at the time of the hearing by the Disciplinary Committee and why it was not introduced at that time. The parties to an appeal may: (a) examine and cross-examine witnesses; and (b) request the attendance of a witness. The Appeals Committee may, in its absolute discretion: (a) call for the attendance of any witness; and (b) allow or disallow a request for the attendance of a witness. The Appeals Committee cannot compel the attendance of a witness. Unless expressly permitted by the chairman of the Appeals Committee, the parties to an appeal must not be present during the deliberation of an appeal by the Appeals Committee. Failure to observe this Rule does not vitiate the decision.

(3) 332 (1)

(2) 333 (1)

(2)

334

(1)

(2)

(3) 335

336

(1)

The parties to an appeal may be present when the Appeals Committee announces its decision. The Appeals Committee will record short written grounds of decision. The Appeals Committee will give its written decision to all parties to an appeal.

(2) (3)

PART VIII

COSTS

337

(1)

The Disciplinary Committee or Appeals Committee may require the party charged to pay all or part of the costs of the investigation and hearing. The Committee may order the costs awarded to be paid within 14 days.

(2)

PART IX

FINES

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338

(1)

A fine must be paid within 14 days from the date of notice, or such longer time as the chairman of the Disciplinary Committee or the Appeals Committee, where applicable, or his nominee, permits. If a fine ordered against a sponsor or registered professional remains unpaid 7 days after the deadline, the sponsor or registered professional may be suspended. Any suspension ends upon full payment of the fine.

(2)

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CHAPTER 4 EQUITY SECURITIES

PART I

SCOPE OF CHAPTER

401

This Chapter sets out the requirements and procedures for a listing applicant seeking admission to the Official List of Catalist, and a listing of its equity securities. It also sets out the requirements and procedures for an issuer seeking to transfer between Catalist and SGX Main Board. These requirements apply to all issuers on Catalist, including companies incorporated in Singapore or elsewhere. The Exchange may vary the requirements in a particular case.

PART II

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

402

(1)

A listing applicant applying for admission to Catalist and quotation of its securities must do so through a full sponsor. The listing must be a primary listing. The Exchange will normally admit a listing applicant to Catalist on receipt of conforming documents from the sponsor. However, the Exchange may, in its absolute discretion, impose conditions on an admission or delay or refuse an admission. The Exchange reserves the right to vary any condition(s) imposed. Additional guidelines for the listing of property development companies are set out in Part VII of this Chapter. A listing applicant should not have, as part of its name, words that tend to confuse or are misleading. While an issuer remains on the Official List, it must comply with the Rules.

(2)

(3) 403

404

405

PART III

CATALIST ADMISSIONS

406

A listing applicant seeking admission to Catalist need not meet any minimum operating track record, profit or share capital requirement but is expected to meet the following conditions: (1) Shareholding Spread And Distribution (a) The proportion of post invitation share capital in public hands must be at least 15% at the time of listing. The shareholding spread must not be obtained by artificial means, such as giving shares away and offering loans to prospective shareholders to buy the shares. Existing public shareholders may be included in the minimum percentage of shares to be held in public hands. They must not account for more than 5% of the issuers post-invitation issued share capital. For the purpose of this Rule, existing public shareholders refer to shareholders of the issuer

(b)

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immediately before the invitation and who are deemed public as defined. (c) (d) The number of public shareholders of the securities must be at least 200. The overall distribution of shareholdings should be expected to provide an orderly secondary market in the securities when trading commences, and be unlikely to lead to a corner situation in the securities.

(2)

Quantitative Criteria (a) A listing applicant seeking admission to Catalist need not meet any market capitalisation requirements. The Exchange may publish specific additional or other criteria for different types of listing applicants.

(b)

(3)

Directors and Management (a) The directors and executive officers should have appropriate experience and expertise to manage the group's business. As a pre-quotation disclosure requirement, a listing applicant must release a statement (via SGXNET or in the offer document) identifying for each director, whether the person has prior experience (and what) or, if the director has no prior experience as a director of a listed company, whether the person has undertaken training in the roles and responsibilities of a director of a listed company. The character and integrity of the directors, management and controlling shareholders of the listing applicant will be a relevant factor for consideration. In considering whether the directors, management and controlling shareholders have the character and integrity expected of a listed issuer, the sponsor must take into account the disclosures made in the declaration by each director, executive officer, controlling shareholder, and officer occupying a managerial position and above who is a relative of any director or controlling shareholder, in the form set out in paragraph 8, Part VII of the Fifth Schedule, Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments) (Shares and Debentures) Regulations 2005 submitted to the sponsor. The listing applicant's board must have at least two non-executive directors who are independent and free of any material business or financial connection with the listing applicant. If the listing applicant is a foreign listing applicant, at least one of these directors must be resident in Singapore.

(b)

(c)

(4)

Sponsorship The listing applicants sponsor must provide the confirmation required in Appendix 4B that the listing applicant is suitable for listing and complies with the Rules.

(5)

Restriction on Promoters Sale of Shares At the time of initial public offering there must be no sale of shares by a promoter if either of the following applies: (a) all promoters in aggregate hold less than 50% of the issuers post-invitation share capital; or all promoters in aggregate would, after selling any shares, hold less than

(b)

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50% of the issuers post-invitation share capital. (6) Financial Position And Liquidity (a) Prior to listing, all debts owing to the group by its directors, substantial shareholders, and companies controlled by the directors and substantial shareholders must be settled. This Rule does not apply to subsidiaries and associated companies of the listing applicant. While the surplus arising from revaluation of plant and equipment can be shown in the books of the listing applicant, such surplus should not be capitalised or used for calculating its net tangible assets per share.

(b)

(7)

Chain Listing A subsidiary or parent company of an existing listed issuer will not normally be suitable for listing if the assets and operations of the listing applicant are substantially the same as those of the existing issuer. The sponsor must consider the listing applicant's business or commercial reasons for listing.

(8)

Articles of Association A listing applicants Articles of Association or constituent documents must meet the requirements in Appendix 4C.

(9)

Accounts A listing applicants accounts must not be qualified in a material way.

(10) Lodgement and Registration of Offer Document A listing applicant must lodge an offer document under section 240(1)(a)(ii) of the SFA with the Exchange acting as an agent of the Authority. The offer document must be registered under section 240(1)(a)(iii) of the SFA by the Exchange acting as an agent of the Authority. (11) Undertaking Not to Make Exempt Offer The listing applicants undertaking not to make an exempt offer, made under Regulation 10 of the Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments) (Shares and Debentures) Regulations 2005, must be submitted by the sponsor to the Exchange acting as an agent of the Authority. (12) Written Consents The written consents provided by experts, issue managers and underwriters under sections 249 and 249A of the SFA must be lodged with the Exchange.

PART IV

REQUIREMENTS FOR OFFER DOCUMENTS

407 (1)

An offer document must meet the following requirements: It must comply with applicable law and, in particular, Parts II to XI of the Fifth Schedule, Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments) (Shares and Debentures) Regulations 2005 (Fifth Schedule), where references therein to the following terms shall be interpreted as follows:

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(a)

reference to a prospectus shall mean a reference to an offer document; and reference to the Authority shall mean a reference to the Exchange, except for Part VII paragraph 8(k) where the Authority shall mean the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

(b)

(2)

With regard to the statement by the listing applicants directors required in paragraph 5(a) of Part VI of the Fifth Schedule, the listing applicants directors must state, without requiring a profit forecast, that in their reasonable opinion, the working capital available to the listing applicant, as at the date of lodgement of the offer document is sufficient for the present requirements and for at least 12 months after listing. In addition to the statement by the listing applicants directors required by Rule 407(2), the listing applicants sponsor must state, without requiring a profit forecast, that in their reasonable opinion, the working capital available to the listing applicant, as at the date of lodgement of the offer document is sufficient for the present requirements and for at least 12 months after listing. It must include on the front cover the following: (a) the date of registration of the offer document, or in the case of a supplementary offer document or replacement offer document, the date of lodgement of the supplementary offer document or replacement offer document, the name of the corporation in respect of which the shares or units of shares, as the case may be, are being offered, its country of incorporation and the name of its sponsor, the following statements: (i) This document is important. If you are in any doubt as to the action you should take, you should consult your legal, financial, tax, or other professional adviser(s). An application has been made for permission for the shares or units of shares to be listed for quotation on Catalist. Companies listed on Catalist may carry higher investment risk when compared with larger or more established companies listed on the SGX Main Board. In particular, companies may list on Catalist without a track record of profitability and there is no assurance that there will be a liquid market in the shares or units of shares traded on Catalist. You should be aware of the risks of investing in such companies and should make the decision to invest only after careful consideration and, if appropriate, consultation with your professional adviser(s). This offer is made in or accompanied by an offer document that has been registered by the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (the Exchange) acting as agent on behalf of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (the Authority). Neither the Authority nor the Exchange has examined or approved the contents of this document. Neither the Authority nor the

(3)

(5)

(b)

(c)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

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Exchange assumes any responsibility for the contents of this document, including the correctness of any of the statements or opinions made or reports contained in this document. The Exchange does not normally review the application for admission but relies on the sponsor confirming that the listing applicant is suitable to be listed and complies with the rules. Neither the Authority nor the Exchange has in any way considered the merits of the shares or units of shares being offered for investment. (vi) The registration of this offer document by the Exchange does not imply that the SFA, or any other legal or regulatory requirements, or requirements under the Exchanges listing rules, have been complied with. Acceptance of applications will be conditional upon issue of the shares or units of shares and upon listing of all the issued shares or units of shares of the issuer. Monies paid in respect of any application accepted will be returned if the admission and listing do not proceed. After the expiration of 6 months from the date of registration of this offer document, no person shall make an offer of securities, or allot, issue or sell any securities, on the basis of this offer document; and no officer or equivalent person or promoter of the entity or proposed entity will authorise or permit the offer of any securities or the allotment, issue or sale of any securities, on the basis of this offer document.

(vii)

(viii)

(6)

If the offer document is a preliminary offer document lodged under section 240(2) of the SFA with the Exchange acting as agent of the Authority, it must meet the following requirements: (a) The requirements in Rule 407(1) to (4), but the listing applicant may omit the information described in paragraphs 2 to 11 of the Second Schedule, Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments) (Shares and Debentures) Regulations 2005, where references therein to a preliminary document shall mean a reference to a preliminary offer document. The requirements in Rule 407(5), except that the front page of the preliminary offer document must contain a statement in bold lettering that no offer or agreement shall be made on the basis of the preliminary offer document to purchase or subscribe for any securities to which the preliminary offer document relates. The statements in Rule 407(5)(c)(iv) and (vi) shall be replaced with the following statements respectively: This is a preliminary offer document and is subject to further amendments and completion in the offer document to be registered by the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (the Exchange) acting as agent on behalf of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (the Authority). A person to whom a copy of this preliminary document has been issued shall not circulate it to any other person. A copy of this document has been lodged by the sponsor with the Exchange acting as agent on behalf of the Authority. The lodgement of this preliminary offer document with the Exchange does not imply that the SFA, or any other legal or regulatory requirements, or requirements under the Exchanges listing rules, have been complied with.

(b)

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(7)

If, after the registration of an offer document, a supplementary or replacement offer document is required, it must comply with the following requirements: (a) at the beginning of a supplementary offer document, there shall be: (i) (ii) (iii) a statement that it is a supplementary offer document; an identification of the offer document it supplements; an identification of any previous supplementary offer document lodged with the Exchange in relation to the offer; and a statement that it is to be read together with the offer document it supplements and any previous supplementary offer document in relation to the offer;

(iv)

(b)

at the beginning of a replacement offer document, there shall be: (i) (ii) a statement that it is a replacement offer document; and an identification of the offer document it replaces; and

(c)

be lodged under section 241(1) of the SFA with the Exchange acting as agent on behalf of the Authority.

(8)

The Exchange may exempt any person or any offer document from any requirement in the Rules relating to the form or content of an offer document, subject to such conditions or restrictions as may be determined by the Exchange. An exemption will not be granted unless the Exchange is of the opinion that: (a) the cost of complying with the requirement in respect of which exemption has been applied for outweighs the resulting protection to investors; or it would not be prejudicial to the public interest if the requirement in respect of which exemption has been applied for were dispensed with.

(b)

PART V

TRANSFERS BETWEEN CATALIST AND SGX MAIN BOARD

Transfers from Catalist to SGX Main Board 408 A Catalist issuer may apply to the Exchange in writing for transfer to SGX Main Board. The Exchange may allow the transfer if the issuer meets the following requirements: (1) (2) It has been listed on Catalist for at least two years; It meets: (a) the minimum quantitative requirements in Main Board Listing Rule 210(2)(a) or (b); and any other listing requirements that the Exchange may prescribe (either generally or in any particular case).

(b)

(3)

It provides the Exchange with an undertaking to comply with all the Exchange's requirements and policies applicable to issuers listed on the SGX Main Board. The

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undertaking must be in the form set out in Main Board Listing Rules Appendix 2.3.1. (4) An offer information statement required by the SFA (meeting the requirements in the Sixteenth Schedule) must be lodged with the Authority if the issuer intends to offer additional securities on SGX Main Board, or a draft shareholders circular to approve the transfer must be submitted to the Exchange where there is no additional offer of securities. Its shareholders have approved the transfer by special resolution. It is in compliance with all applicable Catalist Rules. For the purpose of the transfer, an listing applicant may be required to increase the proportion of its issued and paid-up capital held in public hands to meet the minimum shareholding spread requirements applicable to SGX Main Board listing applicants set out in Main Board Listing Rule 210(1). A transfer from Catalist to SGX Main Board is not treated as a delisting. Transfers from SGX Main Board to Catalist 410 An SGX Main Board issuer may apply to the Exchange in writing for transfer to Catalist. The Exchange may allow the transfer if the issuer meets the following requirements: (1) (2) Compliance with Rules 406(1), (2)(b), (3), (4) and 407(2) and (3). It is sponsored and the sponsor provides the Exchange with a completed Appendix 4D. It provides the Exchange with a completed Appendix 4E. Its shareholders have approved the transfer by special resolution. It is in compliance with all applicable Main Board Listing Rules. A transfer from SGX Main Board to Catalist is not treated as a delisting.

(5) (6) (7)

409

(3) (4) (5) 411

PART VI

LISTING REQUIREMENTS FOR FOREIGN LISTING APPLICANTS

412

A foreign listing applicant must release all information and documents to the Exchange in English. This applies also after listing. All securities will be quoted in Singapore dollars, unless the Exchange agrees quotation in a foreign currency, or unless the Authority's policy on internationalisation of the Singapore dollar requires otherwise. Sponsors encouraged to consult the Exchange if the listing applicant prefers quotation foreign currency. Share Transfer Facilities to a the are in a

413

414

Arrangements satisfactory to the sponsor and the Exchange must be made to enable shareholders in Singapore to register their shareholdings promptly. Accounting Standards

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415

The financial statements and future periodic financial reports, must be prepared in accordance with Singapore Financial Reporting Standards (FRS), or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), or US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("US GAAP"). Accounts that are prepared in accordance with IFRS or US GAAP need not be reconciled to FRS.

PART VII

ADDITIONAL LISTING REQUIREMENTS FOR PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT COMPANIES

416

In addition to the requirements for listing on Catalist, a property development company applying for admission to the Official List must also meet the following requirements: (1) Minimum Leasehold Period Properties that have remaining leases of less than 30 years must not, in aggregate, account for more than 50% of the group's operating profits for the past three years. (2) Independence Of Valuer A listing applicant must appoint a valuer to conduct a valuation of all its principal freehold and leasehold properties. The valuer must be an independent external valuer. The valuer must not be a substantial shareholder, director or employee of the listing applicant or any of its subsidiaries, or in partnership with or employed by a substantial shareholder, director or employee. The Exchange or the sponsor may require a listing applicant to appoint a second valuer to conduct a valuation on the properties. (3) Valuation Report The valuation report must state the effective date at which the properties are valued, which should not be more than six months from the date of submission of the pre-admission notification. A summary valuation report must be included in the offer document. The valuation report must be made available for inspection, without charge, at the issuers Singapore registered office.

PART VIII

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

417

A listing applicant should resolve or eliminate conflict situations prior to listing. The Exchange may accept a proposal (submitted through the sponsor) to resolve or eliminate conflicts of interest within a reasonable period after listing. Conflicts of interest include situations in which interested persons (as defined in Rule 904(4)): (1) Carry on business transactions with the listing applicant or provide services to or receive services from the listing applicant or its group; Lend to or borrow from the listing applicant or its group; Lease property to or from the listing applicant or its group; or Have an interest in businesses that are competitors, suppliers or customers of the listing applicant or its group. In reviewing compliance with the Exchanges policy on conflicts of interest, the

(2) (3) (4)

418

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sponsor should take into account: (1) The parties involved in the conflict situation and their relationship to the listing applicant; The significance of the conflict in relation to the size and operations of the listing applicant and in relation to its potential influence on the interested person; Whether the parties who are involved in the conflict derive any special advantage from it; and Whether the conflict can be terminated, and if so, how soon and on what basis; or, if the conflict cannot be promptly terminated, whether: (a) the arrangement is necessary and beneficial to the operations of the listing applicant; the terms of the arrangement are the same or better than those that can be obtained from third parties; the arrangement will be reviewed at regular intervals and approved by independent directors or shareholders; the listing applicant has or will have adequate internal procedures to ensure that the terms of the arrangement are fair and reasonable; and there is, or has been, adequate disclosure of the conflict, the parties to it, and the measures taken in respect of it in the offer document.

(2)

(3)

(4)

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

PART IX

MORATORIUM

419

Purpose Of A Moratorium The purpose of a moratorium is to maintain the promoters' commitment to the issuer and align their interests with that of public shareholders. In the case of investors other than promoters, the purpose of the moratorium is to promote the interests of a fair and orderly market. Moratorium Undertakings

420

The promoters must give contractual undertakings to the sponsor to observe a moratorium on the transfer or disposal of all their interests in the securities of the issuer. Where a promoter has an indirect shareholding in the listing applicant, the promoter must also provide an undertaking to maintain the promoter's effective interest in the securities under moratorium during the moratorium period. However where an indirect shareholding is held through a company which is listed, the promoter's holding in that listed company is excluded from the moratorium. Period Of Moratorium

421

422 (1)

The period of moratorium must not be shorter than the following: A promoters entire shareholdings at listing for at least 6 months after listing, and no less than 50% of the original shareholding (adjusted for any bonus issue or

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subdivision) for the next 6 months. (2) In the case of investors who acquired their securities, and who made payment for their acquisition, less than 12 months prior to the date of the listing, a proportion of their shareholdings will be subject to moratorium for 12 months after listing computed based on the following cash formula:

M=
Where M VCP

VIPO - VCP P VIPO

= =

the number of shares subject to moratorium; the total cash paid for the shares acquired by the investor within the 12 months preceding the date of the listing; the value of the investors total shareholdings acquired within 12 months preceding the date of the listing based on the issue price at the initial public offering; and the total number of shares paid for by the investor in the 12 months preceding the date of the listing.

VIPO

(3) In the case of investors who are connected to the issue manager for the initial public offering of the issuer, their shareholdings will be subject to a moratorium for 6 months after listing. For the avoidance of doubt, these investors are prohibited from selling vendor shares at the time of the initial public offering. (a) Rule 422(3) will not apply if:(i) The investor is a fund manager and the funds invested in the issuer are managed on behalf of independent third parties; (ii) the investor and the issue manager have separate and independent management teams and decisions making structures; and (iii) proper policies and procedures have been implemented to address any conflict of interest arising between the issue manager and the investor. The issuer should consult and demonstrate to the Exchange that these conditions have been met, to the satisfaction of the Exchange, for Rule 422(3) not to apply. The Exchange retains the discretion to require compliance with Rule 422(3) where it deems fit.

(4) For the purposes of Rules 422(2) and (3), where an introducer of the issuer, a consultant to the issuer for the initial public offering, or investors who are connected to the issue manager have an indirect shareholding in the issuer, these investors may be required to comply with the moratorium requirements in Rule 421. General 423 A listing applicant may be admitted to Catalist by distributing its securities either by way of a public offer, or placement, or book-building, or by a combination of these methods, subject to compliance with the Rules and such other conditions as the Exchange or the sponsor may consider appropriate.

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Placement Tranche 424 The sponsor, underwriter, lead broker, distributor, or any of their connected clients (as defined in Rule 428) or their discretionary managed portfolios (whether proprietary or not) must not be allocated or allotted more than 25% of the securities made available for placement by each of them respectively. Any allocation or allotment to such parties must be disclosed in the form specified in Rule 428. This Rule does not apply to securities taken up pursuant to an underwriting or subunderwriting agreement. Public Subscription Tranche 425 Where an invitation involves a public tranche for subscription or purchase, the following Rules apply to allocation and allotment of securities in this tranche: (1) (2) The basis of allocation and allotment to investors must be fair and equitable. The balloting procedures must be clearly spelt out and strictly adhered to. Unsuccessful listing applicants must be notified, and the application money must be returned, within 24 hours of the balloting. In respect of applications which have been balloted but subsequently rejected, the reasons for rejection must be clearly stated. In respect of applications which have been partially successful, the balance of the application money must be refunded in the shortest possible time. Preferential Allotment Of Reserved Securities 426 The listing applicant may reserve up to 25% of the offered securities for allocation and allotment to its employees, directors, customers, suppliers and persons who have contributed to the success of the listing applicant. Underwriting 427 An issue of securities in connection with a listing on the Exchange can be made with or without it being underwritten. A listing applicant which proposes to make an issue without underwriting should consult the Exchange as early as possible through its sponsor. Disclosure Of Subscription (1) If any of the following persons acquires an interest (whether directly or through a nominee) in the securities being marketed, their respective aggregate interest and the circumstances resulting in the acquisition of the interest must be announced before listing of the listing applicants securities: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) each director and his associates; each substantial shareholder and his associates; the sponsor and its connected clients; the underwriter and its connected clients; the lead broker and its connected clients; any distributor and its connected clients.

(3)

(4)

428

(2) The disclosure required by Rule 428(1) must be made to the best of the sponsors knowledge and belief, having taken all reasonable steps and made all reasonable enquiries.

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(3) A connected client means: (a) a director or substantial shareholder of the sponsor, underwriter, lead broker or distributor; a spouse, infant child or step child of any person in (a); a person in the capacity of trustee of a private or family trust (other than a pension scheme) the beneficiaries of which include any person in (a); a relative of any person in (a) whose account is managed by the sponsor, underwriter, lead broker or distributor in pursuance of a discretionary managed portfolio agreement; or a company which is a member of the same group of companies as the sponsor, underwriter, lead broker or distributor.

(b) (c)

(d)

(e)

(4) After the offer to the public closes, the listing applicant announces the outcome of the offer, and where appropriate, the level of subscription and the basis of allocation and allotment, and the subscription rate reflecting the true level of demand for the offer. In computing the subscription rate, subscriptions by connected persons and the persons mentioned in Rule 428 must be excluded.

Issue Price 429 The issue price of the equity securities (other than convertible equity securities) offered for subscription or sale, for which a listing is sought, must be at least S$0.20 each. Offer Period 430 A listing applicant offering equity securities for subscription or sale must keep the offer open for at least 2 market days (excluding the date of commencement of offer).

PART XI

ADMISSION PROCEDURES

431

A sponsor may consult the Exchange to resolve specific issues prior to the submission of a listing confirmation. Unless the Exchange prescribes otherwise, the listing applicant must comply with the requirements set out in Appendix 4F which sets out the following: (1) (2) (3) The main steps in the listing process. Documents to be submitted by the sponsor to the Exchange. The usual timeline for admission. The sponsor must give the Exchange any additional information or documents which the Exchange requires, either in the particular case or generally.

432

In normal circumstances the Exchange will rely on the listing confirmation in Appendix 4B. However, the Exchange may refuse or delay an admission at any point prior to listing, notwithstanding that it receives a listing confirmation and notwithstanding that the offer document has been registered by the Exchange, if:

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(1)

in the Exchanges opinion: (a) the reputation of the Exchange or the integrity of the market may be adversely affected; doubt exists, or apparently sustainable allegations are made, as to the integrity of a director, executive officer or controlling shareholder of the listing applicant; doubt exists as to the accuracy or completeness of the information in the offer document. While the Exchange does not review these documents, it may undertake sample perusal or receive information from third persons; any submission or lodgement that is required under the Rules is inaccurate or incomplete; the Rules are not complied with; it is in the interests of the public to refuse or delay the admission; or

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e) (f) (2) 433

the Authority advises the Exchange to refuse or delay the admission. The sponsor must ensure that it has considered all information that is material to its decision on the application. The Exchange may require the sponsor to undertake additional due diligence. Notice of a refusal of, or delay to, an admission will be given to the sponsor and copied to the listing applicant. A listing applicant will be admitted according to the terms issued together with the registration notice issued by the Exchange. Fees

434

435

436

Listing applicants and issuers must pay the fees levied by the Exchange. Treasury Shares

437

Chapter 8 will apply to the issue of shares out of treasury. The issuer must submit to the Exchange a confirmation of compliance with the provisions of Chapter 8.

Part XIII

ADDITIONAL LISTING REQUIREMENTS FOR MINERAL, OIL AND GAS COMPANIES

438

In addition to the requirements for listing on Catalist, a mineral, oil and gas company applying for admission to the Official List must also meet the requirements set out in this Part of the Listing Manual. The Exchange will normally not admit a listing applicant, whose activities consist solely of exploration for minerals, oil or gas, to Catalist unless the listing applicant is able to establish the existence of adequate resources in a defined area where the listing applicant has exploration and exploitation rights, and which must be substantiated by the qualified persons report required under Rule 441. In complying with this Rule, the resource must be at least, in relation to minerals, categorised as

439

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an Indicated Resource and, in relation to oil and gas, as a Contingent Resource.

440 (1)

Additional Offer Document Requirements A listing applicant must disclose in its offer document the basis upon which it asserts the existence of any minerals, oil or gas in a defined area where the listing applicant has exploration and exploitation rights, in accordance with the requirements set out in Practice Note 4C. The listing applicants sponsor must state the legal opinion obtained pursuant to Rule 225(1)(j)(i) and the legal advisor providing such opinion. Qualified Persons Report (1) The offer document must contain a qualified persons report that meets the following requirements; (a) prepared by an independent qualified person who meets the requirements in Rule 442; prepared in accordance with a Standard; dated not more than 6 months before the date of lodgement of the offer document; and

(2)

441

(b) (c)

(2)

The contents of the qualified persons report must comply with the requirements as set out in Practice Note 4C. Independent Qualified Person For the purpose of Rule 441, the qualified person preparing the qualified persons report must fulfil the following: (a) (b) the qualified person must not be a sole practitioner; if the qualified person producing the report is not a partner or director of his firm, the production of the report must be directly supervised by a partner or director on behalf of the firm; the qualified person and his firms partners, directors, substantial shareholders and their associates must be independent of the listing applicant, its directors and substantial shareholders; the qualified person and his firms partners, directors, substantial shareholders and their associates must not have any interest, direct or indirect, in the listing applicant, its subsidiaries or associated companies and will not receive benefits other than remuneration paid to the qualified person in connection with the qualified persons report; and remuneration paid to the qualified person or the qualified persons firm in connection with the report must not be dependent on the findings of the report.

442

(c)

(d)

(e)

443

Period of Moratorium Rule 422 will not apply to a promoter of a mineral, oil and gas company. Instead, the period of moratorium will apply to the promoters entire shareholdings at listing

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for at least 12 months after listing, and no less than 50% of the original shareholding (adjusted for any bonus issue or subdivision) for the next 6 months. 444 Working Capital Rules 407(2) and 407(3) will not apply to mineral, oil and gas companies. A listing applicant must meet the following requirements instead: (1) With regard to the statement by the listing applicants directors required in paragraph 5(a) of Part VI of the Fifth Schedule, the listing applicants directors must state, without making a profit forecast, that in their reasonable opinion, the working capital available to the listing applicant, as at the date of lodgement of the offer document is sufficient for the present requirements and for at least 18 months after listing. In addition to the statement by the listing applicants directors required by Rule 444(1), the listing applicants sponsor must state, without requiring a profit forecast, that in its reasonable opinion, the working capital available to the listing applicant, as at the date of lodgement of the offer document is sufficient for the present requirements and for at least 18 months after listing.

(2)

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CHAPTER 7 CONTINUING OBLIGATIONS


PART I SCOPE OF CHAPTER

701

This Chapter sets out continuing requirements which an issuer on Catalist is required to observe once admitted to the Official List. Additional continuing requirements are set out in the following chapters: Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Changes in Capital Interested Person Transactions Acquisitions and Realisations Takeovers Circulars and Annual Reports

PART II

EQUITY SECURITIES IMMEDIATE ANNOUNCEMENTS

702

An issuer must release all announcements via SGXNET, unless specified otherwise. Disclosure of Material Information

703

(1)

An issuer must announce any information known to the issuer concerning it or any of its subsidiaries or associated companies which: (a) is necessary to avoid the establishment of a false market in the issuer's securities; or would be likely to materially affect the price or value of its securities.

(b)

(2) Rule 703(1) does not apply to information which would be a breach of law to disclose. (3) Rule 703(1) does not apply to particular information which satisfies the following conditions: Condition 1: a reasonable person would not expect the information to be disclosed; Condition 2: the information is confidential; and Condition 3: one or more of the following applies: (a) (b) (c) (d) the information concerns an incomplete proposal or negotiation; the information comprises matters of supposition or is insufficiently definite to warrant disclosure; the information is generated for the internal management purposes of the entity; the information is a trade secret.

(4) In complying with the Exchanges disclosure requirements, an issuer must: (a) observe the Corporate Disclosure Policy set out in Appendix 7A, and

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(b)

ensure that its directors and executive officers are familiar with the Exchanges disclosure requirements and Corporate Disclosure Policy.

(5)

The Exchange will not waive any requirements under this Rule. Announcement of Specific Information

704

In addition to Rule 703, an issuer must immediately announce the following: General (1) Any change of address of the registered office of the issuer or of any office at which the Register of Members or any other register of securities of the issuer is kept. Any proposed alteration to the Memorandum of Association or Articles of Association or Constitution of the issuer. Any notice of substantial shareholders and directors' interests in the issuers securities or changes thereof received by the issuer. Such notice must contain the particulars set out in Appendix 7B. Any qualification or emphasis of a matter by the auditors on the financial statements of: (a) (b) the issuer; or any of the issuers subsidiaries or associated companies, if the qualification or emphasis of a matter has a material impact on the issuers consolidated accounts or the groups financial position.

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

If an issuer has previously announced its preliminary full-year results, any material adjustments to its preliminary full-year results made subsequently by auditors. Appointment Or Resignation

(6)

Any appointment or resignation of any director, chief executive officer, general manager or other executive officer of equivalent rank, company secretary, registrar or auditors of the issuer. The announcement of an appointment of any director, chief executive officer, general manager or other executive officer of equivalent rank must contain the following details: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) name, age and country of principal residence; whether appointment is executive, and if so, the area of responsibility; working experience and occupations during the past 10 years; other directorships, past (for the last 5 years) and present; shareholding in the issuer and its subsidiaries; family relationship with any director and/or substantial shareholder of the issuer or of any of its principal subsidiaries; whether the appointee has any conflict of interests; the information required in paragraph 8, Part VII of the Fifth Schedule, Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments)(Shares and Debentures)

(g) (h)

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Regulations 2005; and (i) information on whether the person has prior experience (and what) or, if the director has no prior experience as a director of a listed company, whether the person has undertaken training in the roles and responsibilities of a director of a listed company. (Applicable only to the appointment of directors).

(7)

Any appointment or reappointment of a director to the audit committee. The issuer must state in the announcement whether the board considers the director to be independent. The issuer must also provide such additional disclosure as may be appropriate in the circumstances to enable its shareholders to assess the independence or otherwise of the appointed director. In the event of any retirement or resignation which renders the audit committee unable to meet the minimum number (not less than three) the issuer should endeavour to fill the vacancy within two months, but in any case not later than three months. Any appointment of a person who is a relative of a director or chief executive officer or substantial shareholder of the issuer to a managerial position in the issuer or any of its principal subsidiaries. The announcement must state the job title, duties and responsibilities of the appointee, and the information required in Rule 704(6)(a), (c), (e), (f), (g) and (h). Any promotion of an appointee referred to in Rule 704(8).

(8)

(9)

(10) Within two months after each financial year, the issuer must make an announcement in the format in Appendix 7C of each person occupying a managerial position in the issuer or any of its principal subsidiaries who is a relative of a director or chief executive officer or substantial shareholder of the issuer. If there are no such persons, the issuer must make an appropriate negative statement. The Exchange may require the issuer to provide additional information on any such person, including his remuneration, any changes to his duties, responsibilities and remuneration package. Appointment of Special Auditors (11) The Exchange may require an issuer to appoint a special auditor to review or investigate the issuers affairs and report its findings to the Exchange, or the issuers sponsor, or the issuers Audit Committee or such other party as the Exchange may direct. The issuer may be required by the Exchange to immediately announce the requirement, together with such other information as the Exchange directs. The issuer may be required by the Exchange to announce the findings of the special auditors. General Meetings (12) The date, time and place of any general meeting. All notices convening meetings must be provided to the Exchange and sent to shareholders at least 10 market days before the meeting (for meetings to pass special resolution, at least 15 market days). (13) All resolutions put to a general meeting of an issuer, and immediately after such meeting, whether or not the resolutions were passed. Acquisitions and Realisations (14) Any acquisition of:

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(a)

shares resulting in the issuer holding 10% or more of the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares, of a quoted company; except for an issuer which is a bank, finance company, securities dealing company or approved financial institution, quoted securities resulting in the issuers aggregate cost of investment exceeding each multiple of 5% of the issuers latest audited consolidated net tangible assets. The announcement must state: (i) the aggregate cost of the issuers quoted investments before and after the acquisition, and such amounts as a percentage of the latest audited consolidated net tangible assets of the issuer; the total market value of its quoted investments before and after the acquisition; and the amount of any provision for diminution in value of investments;

(b)

(ii)

(iii) (c)

shares resulting in a company becoming a subsidiary or an associated company of the issuer (providing the information required by Rule 1010(3) and (5)); and shares resulting in the issuer increasing its shareholding in a subsidiary or an associated company (providing the information required by Rule 1010(3) and (5)).

(d)

(15) Any sale of: (a) shares resulting in the issuer holding less than 10% of the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares, of a quoted company; except for an issuer which is a bank, a finance company, a securities dealing company or an approved financial institution, quoted securities resulting in the issuers aggregate cost of investment in quoted securities falling below each multiple of 5% of the issuers latest audited consolidated net tangible assets. The announcement must contain the same information as required under Rule 704(14)(b)(i) to (iii), relating to a sale instead of an acquisition; shares resulting in a company ceasing to be a subsidiary or an associated company of the issuer (providing the information required by Rule 1010(3) and (5)); and shares resulting in the issuer reducing its shareholding in a subsidiary or an associated company (providing the information required by Rule 1010(3) and (5)).

(b)

(c)

(d)

(16) Any acquisition or disposal of shares or other assets which is required to be announced under Chapter 10. Winding Up, Judicial Management, etc (17) Any application filed with a court to wind up the issuer or any of its subsidiaries, or to place the issuer or any of its subsidiaries under judicial management. (18) The appointment of a receiver, judicial manager or liquidator of the issuer or any of its subsidiaries.

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(19) Any breach of any loan covenants or any notice received from principal bankers or from the trustee of any debenture holders to demand repayment of loans granted to the issuer or any of its subsidiaries which, in the opinion of the issuer's directors, would result in the issuer facing a cash flow problem. (20) Where Rule 704(17), (18) or (19) applies, a monthly update must be announced regarding the issuers financial situation, including: (a) the state of any negotiations between the issuer and its principal bankers or trustee; and the issuers future direction, or other material development that may have a significant impact on the issuers financial position.

(b)

If any material development occurs between the monthly updates, it must be announced immediately. Announcement of Results, Dividends, etc (21) Any recommendation or declaration of a dividend (including a bonus or special dividend, if any), the rate and amount per share and date of payment. If dividends are not taxable in the hands of shareholders, this must be stated in the announcement and in the dividend advice to shareholders. If there is a material variation in the interim or final dividend rate compared to that for the previous corresponding period, the directors must state the reasons for the variation at the time the dividend is recommended or declared. If the directors decide not to declare or recommend a dividend, this must be announced. (22) After the end of each of the first three quarters of its financial year, half year or financial year, as the case may be, an issuer must not announce any: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) dividend; capitalisation or rights issue; closing of the books; capital return; passing of a dividend; or sales or turnover

unless it is accompanied by the results of the quarter, half year or financial year, as the case may be, or the results have been announced. Books Closure (23) Any intention to fix a books closure date, stating the date, reason and address of the share registry at which the relevant documents will be accepted for registration. At least 5 market days of notice (excluding the date of announcement and the books closure date) must be given for any books closure date. Issuers could consider a longer notice period, where necessary. Subject to the provisions of the Companies Act, the Exchange may agree to a shorter books closure period. In fixing a books closure date, an issuer must ensure that the last day of trading on a cum basis falls at least 1 day after the general meeting, if a general meeting is required to be held. (24) The issuer must not close its books for any purpose until at least 8 market days after the last day of the previous books closure period. This rule does not prohibit identical books closure dates for different purposes.

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Sponsorship (25) If its sponsor will cease, or ceases to sponsor it for any reason, stating the reasons and effective date of such cessation. (26) Any confirmation made by the sponsor pursuant to Rule 228(5) upon receipt of such confirmation. (27) The appointment of a new sponsor. Use of Proceeds (28) Any significant disbursements of the proceeds raised from the initial public offer and additional issue of securities. Where the use of proceeds materially deviates from the proposed use previously disclosed, the issuer must state the reasons for the deviation. Treasury Shares (29) Any sale, transfer, cancellation and/or use of treasury shares stating the following: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) date of the sale, transfer, cancellation and/or use; purpose of such sale, transfer, cancellation and/or use; number of treasury shares sold, transferred, cancelled and/or used; number of shares before and after such sale, transfer, cancellation and/or use; percentage of the number of treasury shares against the total number of shares outstanding in a class that is listed before and after such sale, transfer, cancellation and/or use; and value of the treasury shares if they are used for a sale or transfer, or cancelled.

(f)

Employee Share Option Scheme (30) Any grant of options. The announcement must be made on the date of the offer and provide details of the grant, including the following: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) date of grant; exercise price of options granted; number of options granted; market price of its securities on the date of grant; number of options granted to directors and controlling shareholders (and their associates), if any; and validity period of the options.

Announcements by mineral, oil and gas companies (31) (a) Any material changes to the reserves or resources of a mineral, oil and gas company, including: (i) the basis upon which the issuer asserts the existence of any new material reserves or resources that has not been previously disclosed, in accordance with the requirements as set out in Practice Note 4C; and a qualified persons report prepared in accordance the requirements as set out in Practice Note 4C. Where the announcement involves

(ii)

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the reporting of new material reserves or resources that has not been previously disclosed, or a 100% change or more in reserves or resources that have been previously reported on, the report must be signed off by an independent qualified person who meets the requirements in Rule 442. (b) Any change in the Standard adopted by the issuer, including the reasons for the change and the impact, if any, on its existing stated level of reserves and resources. Any appointment or resignation of any qualified person of the issuer.

(c)

PART III

EQUITY SECURITIES - PERIODIC REPORTS

Financial Statements 705 (1) An issuer must announce the financial statements for the full financial year (as set out in Appendix 7D) immediately after the figures are available, but in any event not later than 60 days after the relevant financial period. An issuer must announce its financial statements for each of the first three quarters of its financial year (as set out in Appendix 7D) immediately after the figures are available, but in any event not later than 45 days after the quarter end if: (a) (b) its market capitalisation exceeded S$75 million as at 31 March 2003; it was listed after 31 March 2003 and its market capitalisation exceeded S$75 million at the time of listing (based on the initial public offering issue price); or

(2)

(c)

its market capitalisation is S$75 million or higher on the last trading day of each calendar year, commencing from 31 December 2006. An issuer who falls within this category for the first time, will have an initial grace period of one year to prepare to meet the requirements in Rule 705(2).

(3)

An issuer who falls within any of the categories in this Rule 705(2), must comply with the requirements in Rule 705(2), even if its market capitalisation subsequently decreases below S$75 million. An issuer whose market capitalisation does not exceed S$75 million must announce its first half financial statements (as set out in Appendix 7D) immediately after the figures are available, but in any event not later than 45 days after the relevant financial period. In the case of an announcement of interim financial statements (quarterly or halfyearly, as applicable, but excluding full year financial statements), an issuers directors must provide a confirmation that, to the best of their knowledge, nothing has come to the attention of the board of directors which may render the interim financial statements to be false or misleading in any material aspect. In order to make this confirmation, directors would not be expected to commission an audit of these financial statements. The confirmation may be signed by 2 directors on behalf of the board of directors.

(4)

(5)

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Use of funds/cash by mineral, oil and gas companies (6) Mineral, oil and gas companies whose principal activities consist of exploration for minerals, oil or gas, must: (a) make a quarterly announcement on the use of funds/cash for the quarter and a projection on the use of funds/cash for the next immediate quarter, including principal assumptions, immediately after the figures are available but in any event not later than 45 days after the relevant financial period; provide a confirmation by its directors that, to the best of their knowledge, nothing has come to their attention which may render such information provided false or misleading in any material aspect. In order to make this confirmation, the directors would not be expected to commission an external audit or review of the statements. The confirmation may be signed by 2 directors on behalf of the board of directors.

(b)

(7)

In the announcements required by Rule 705(1) and (6) respectively, a mineral, oil and gas company must also include: (a) details of exploration (including geophysical surveys), mining development and/or production activities undertaken by the issuer and a summary of the expenditure incurred on those activities , including explanations for any material variances with previous projections, for the period under review. If there has been no exploration, development and/or production activity respectively, that fact must be stated; and an update on its reserves and resources, where applicable, in accordance with the requirements as set out in Practice Note 4C, including a summary of reserves and resources as set out in Appendix 7F.

(b)

706.

In addition to the information required under Rule 705, the Exchange may require additional information to be disclosed. Annual Report

. 707

(1)

The time between the end of an issuers financial year and the date of its annual general meeting (if any) must not exceed four months. An issuer must issue its annual report to shareholders and the Exchange at least 14 days before the date of its annual general meeting. The chairman's statement (or equivalent) in the annual report must provide a balanced and readable summary of the issuer's performance and prospects, and should represent the collective view of the board. If the Chairmans statement does not represent the collective view of the board, the view of each dissenting director must be disclosed in the annual report. The annual report must contain the information required in Part III of Chapter 12. An issuer must describe its corporate governance practices with specific reference to the principles of the Code in its annual report. It must disclose any deviation from any guideline of the Code together with an appropriate explanation for such deviation in the annual report. An issuer may issue a summary financial statement in accordance with the Companies Act. However, the Exchange may require the issuer to disclose additional information.

(2) . 708

. 709 710

711

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Appointment Of Auditors 712 (1) An issuer must appoint a suitable accounting firm to meet its audit obligations, having regard to the adequacy of the resources and experience of the accounting firm and the persons assigned to the audit, the firms audit engagements, the size and complexity of the listed group being audited, and the number and experience of supervisory and professional staff assigned to the particular audit. A change in auditors must be specifically approved by shareholders in a general meeting. The notice of meeting must incorporate: (a) confirmation from the outgoing auditors as to whether they are aware of any professional reasons why the new auditors should not accept appointment as auditors of the issuer, and if so, to provide reasons; confirmation from the issuer as to whether there were disagreements with the outgoing auditors on accounting treatments within the last 12 months, and if so, to provide details; confirmation from the issuer as to whether it is aware of any circumstances connected with the change of auditors that should be brought to the attention of the shareholders of the issuer; and specific reasons for the change of auditors, including whether the outgoing auditors resigned, declined to stand for election or were dismissed.

(2)

(b)

(c)

(d)

713

(1)

An issuer must disclose in its annual report the date of appointment and the name of the audit partner in charge of auditing the issuer and its group of companies. The audit partner must not be in charge of more than 5 consecutive audits for a full financial year, the first audit being for the financial year beginning on or after 1 January 1997, regardless of the date of listing. The audit partner may return after two years. If the listing of an issuer occurs after 5 consecutive audits by the same audit partner in charge, the same audit partner may complete the audit of the financial year in which the issuer lists. The Exchange may object to the appointment of an auditor. The Exchange may require an issuer to replace its auditor if the Exchange is of the opinion that it is in the interest of shareholders to do so. This rule does not apply to a financial institution licensed or approved by the Authority.

(2)

714

715

(1)

Subject to Rule 716, an issuer must engage the same accounting firm based in Singapore to audit its accounts, and its Singapore-incorporated subsidiaries and significant associated companies. An issuer must engage a suitable auditor for its significant foreign-incorporated subsidiaries and associated companies. An issuer may appoint different auditors for its subsidiaries or significant associated companies (referred to in Rule 715(1)) provided that:

(2)

716

(1)

the issuers board and audit committee are satisfied that the appointment would not compromise the standard and effectiveness of the audit of the issuer; or the issuers subsidiary or associated company, is listed on a stock exchange.

(2)

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717

An issuer must disclose in the annual report the names of the accounting firm(s) for its significant subsidiaries and associated companies. For the purpose of Rules 715 to 717, a subsidiary or associated company is considered significant if its net tangible assets represent 20% or more of the issuers consolidated net tangible assets, or its pre-tax profits account for 20% or more of the issuers consolidated pre-tax profits.

718

PART IV

EQUITY SECURITIES - OTHER OBLIGATIONS

Suspected Fraud Or Irregularity 719 If the audit committee of an issuer becomes aware of any suspected fraud or irregularity, or suspected infringement of any Singapore laws or regulations or rules of the Exchange or any other regulatory authority in Singapore, which has or is likely to have a material impact on the issuers operating results or financial position, the audit committee must discuss such matter with the external auditor and, at appropriate times, report the matter to the board and to the sponsor. The sponsor should inform the Exchange where necessary. Directors and Management . 720. . Sale And Purchase Agreements . 721 If an agreement has been entered into in connection with any acquisition or realisation of assets or any transaction outside the ordinary course of business of the issuer or its subsidiaries, and such an agreement has been disclosed publicly, the announcement must include a statement that a copy of the relevant agreement will be made available for inspection during normal business hours at the issuer's registered office for a period of 3 months from the date of the announcement. Listing Fees . 722 An issuer must pay the annual listing fees not later than 31 January each year. Free Float 723 An issuer must ensure that at least 10% of the total number of issued shares (excluding preference shares, convertible equity securities and treasury shares) in a class that is listed is at all times held by the public. If the percentage of securities held in public hands falls below 10%: (1) The issuer must, as soon as practicable: (a) (b) (2) 725 notify its sponsor of that fact; and announce that fact. An issuer must comply with Rule 406(3) on a continuing basis and consult its sponsor prior to making any changes to its board of directors.

724

The Exchange may suspend trading of the class, or all the securities of the issuer. The Exchange may allow the issuer a period of 3 months, or such longer period as the Exchange may agree, to raise the percentage of securities in public hands to at least 10%. The issuer may be delisted if it fails to restore the percentage of

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securities in public hands to at least 10% after the period. Authorised Representatives 726 An issuer must appoint two authorised representatives who must be either directors or a director and the company secretary. The responsibilities of an authorised representative are as follows: (1) To be the channel of communication between the Exchange and the issuer in circumstances where the Exchange needs to contact the issuer directly; To supply the Exchange with details in writing of how he or she can be contacted, including home and office telephone numbers and, where available, facsimile numbers. The issuer must notify the Exchange of any changes to such details; To ensure that whenever he or she is outside Singapore, suitable alternates are appointed, available and known to the Exchange, and to supply the Exchange with details in writing of how such alternates may be contacted, including their home and office telephone numbers and, where available, facsimile numbers; and Not to terminate his or her role as authorised representative before notifying the Exchange of: (a) (b) 728 the proposed termination; and the name and relevant particulars of the replacement.

727

(2)

(3)

(4)

If the Exchange is not satisfied that the authorised representative is fulfilling his or her responsibilities adequately, it may require the issuer to terminate the appointment and appoint a replacement. The issuer must immediately notify the Exchange of the new authorised representative's appointment and relevant particulars. Alteration of Articles of Association

729

If an issuer amends its Articles of Association or other constituent documents, they must be made consistent with all the Rules prevailing at the time of amendment.

PART V

OPERATIONAL AND TRADING MATTERS

Allotment . 730 An issuer must allot securities and despatch certificates within 10 market days of the closing date for applications to subscribe for a new issue of securities. The Exchange may, on the application of the issuer (through its sponsor), grant an extension of time. Transfers, Registration And Splitting 731 (1) An issuer must: accept for registration transfers of the issuer's securities executed on a standard form of transfer approved by the Exchange or on such other form as may be approved by the Exchange; issue certificates in requested denominations when requested by the transferee at

(2)

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the time of lodgement of registrable transfers; (3) despatch within 10 market days after the day of lodgement of a registrable transfer, a certificate in respect of such securities and a balance certificate for any remainder; when so requested by the transferee at the time of lodgement of a registrable transfer, despatch the certificate in respect of those securities to the lodging broker; not refuse to register or fail to register or give effect to any registrable transfer in respect of securities issued by the issuer unless: (a) registration of the transfer would result in a contravention of or failure to observe Singapore laws or the rules and requirements of the Exchange; or the transfer is in respect of a partly paid security for which a call has been made and is unpaid;

(4)

(5)

(b) . (6)

endorse (where necessary) transfer forms with the notation power of attorney exhibited or probate exhibited on production of the proper documents and do so without charge; split certificates within 5 market days or certify transfers within 2 market days on lodgement of the relevant certificates as follows: "Certificate No. ....... is held in the Company's office against this transfer No. .......................... for ........................on the ..............Register. This transfer must be completed and returned within forty-two days from this date, ....... Name of Company Official Signature(s)"

(7)

(8) 732

split provisional allotment letters within 2 market days. If in the exercise of its rights under Rule 731(5), an issuer refuses to register a transfer of a security, it must give to the lodging party written notice of the refusal and the precise reasons therefore within 10 market days after the date on which the transfer was lodged with the issuer. An issuer must not charge more than $2.00 for each certificate issued. Certificates

. 733

. 734

The number of securities represented by any certificate must be clearly shown in words and figures on the face of the certificate or in such other manner as may be approved by the Exchange. Any certificates should be designed so that forgery and/or alterations are readily detectable. The printing of securities certificates must be entrusted to recognised security printers. The paper for securities must be first class bond or banknote paper containing a watermark of the printer or issuer. If more than one class of securities are listed on the Exchange, the colour of the certificates for each class of securities must be distinctly different. Where an issuer's Articles of Association restrict the percentage of shares held in foreign hands and the shares of the issuer are accordingly designated as foreign shares or local shares, such foreign shares and local shares are considered to be two separate classes of shares for the purpose of this rule.

. 735

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Proxy Forms . 736 Proxy forms must be designed in a manner that will allow a shareholder appointing a proxy to indicate how the shareholder would like the proxy to vote in relation to each resolution. Register . 737 An issuer must give the Exchange, or any member company upon request, an extract of the stock or share register. This must show details on or between the named date or dates of all entries relating to the registration or transfer of stock and shares, including particulars of the relevant certificate numbers and the names into which or from which any particular stock or shares may have been transferred. Where the issuer's securities are traded on the scripless system, the issuer authorises CDP to provide the Exchange, at the Exchange's request, with an extract of the issuer's securities held in each securities account maintained by CDP, in such detail as may be required by the Exchange. An issuer must permit its securities to be transferred to CDP or from a main register to a branch register (and vice versa) without restriction. Documents 739 A document given to the Exchange by an entity or its sponsor, or on its or its sponsors behalf, becomes and remains the property of the Exchange to deal with as it wishes, including copying, storing in a retrieval system, transmitting and selling to the public, and publishing any part of the document and permitting others to do so. The documents referred to in this rule include a document given to the Exchange in support of a listing application or in compliance with the listing rules. Documents for overseas shareholders shall be forwarded by air or by facsimile transmission or, in another way that ensures that the documents will be received quickly. Where an issue of securities is to be made overseas and is supported by an Offer Document, a prospectus or other public documents, the Offer Document, prospectus or other public documents must be submitted to the Exchange in English. Such documents must be endorsed "Specimen - For information only". An issuer (through its sponsor) must supply the Exchange with 40 final printed copies (and one soft copy in Adobe Acrobat format on a CD-ROM or diskette(s)) of the following documents for public release: (1) all periodic and special reports, circulars, etc., released or issued by the issuer for the information of holders of any of the issuer's listed securities; and the published accounts of the issuer and all documents annexed thereto, as soon as issued. Rule 742 does not apply to an announcement released to the Exchange via SGXNET.

. 738

. 740

. 741

. 742

(2)

743

PART VI

RESPONSIBILITIES OF DIRECTORS

744

An issuer must ensure that its directors accept responsibility, collectively and individually, for the issuers compliance with the Rules.

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PART VII

SPONSORS

745

(1)

An issuer must retain a sponsor at all times. If a sponsor undertakes introducing activities for an issuer, the issuer must retain it as continuing sponsor for at least 3 years after admission of the listing applicant, or the enlarged group (in the case of a very substantial acquisition or reverse takeover). An issuer must have only one sponsor at a time. If an issuer requires a professional to provide corporate finance advice in relation to any corporate action, it may engage: (a) its sponsor to provide such advice; or (b) notwithstanding Rule 745(2), any other sponsor authorised by the Exchange to provide such advice, while the continuing sponsor of the issuer retains overall management and responsibility for the corporate action. If an issuer does not have a sponsor undertaking continuing activities for it, the Exchange will suspend the issuer until a sponsor takes on the activity. The Exchange may delist an issuer that does not have a sponsor for more than 3 continuous months. Dealings between the Exchange and the issuer will be conducted through the sponsor. However, the Exchange may deal directly with the issuer if, in its opinion, circumstances warrant. An issuer must ensure:

(2) (3)

(4)

(5)

746

(1)

(2)

747 (1)

that its written contract with its sponsor includes the minimum terms to the effect of Appendix 7E; and the mandate it gives its sponsor is sufficient to enable the sponsor to fully discharge its obligations under these rules. If asked, an issuer must allow its sponsor, in the performance of its obligations as a sponsor to:

(2)

748

(1) (2) (3)

peruse any records, documents, and financial or other information; and have access to its premises or other places where its records are kept; and speak to any director, officer or any other employee whom the sponsor considers relevant; and speak to the issuers auditor. An issuer must:

(4) 749 (1)

ensure that its directors and officers provide reasonable assistance to the sponsor; and authorise its auditor to provide reasonable assistance to the sponsor. The Exchange may at any time and for any reason resume supervision (in full or in part) of an issuer on Catalist.

(2) 750 (1)

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(2)

The Exchange will not normally exercise this power unless exceptional circumstances exist. An issuer must keep records of its consultations with its sponsor for at least 6 years. The records must be sufficient to establish an audit trail of key discussions, advice and decisions involving it and its sponsor and the basis for the advice and decisions.

751

752

(1)

An issuer must consult its sponsor about all material matters relating to compliance with the Rules, its listing and the quotation of its securities. Without limiting Rule 752(1), an issuer must consult its sponsor on documents to be released to shareholders or to the market (including announcements, resolutions contained in notices of meetings, circulars and corporate actions) before release, to ensure that such documents are in compliance with the Rules and proper disclosure will be made. The document must display prominently the following on the front cover: This document has been reviewed by the Companys Sponsor, [full name of Sponsor]. It has not been examined or approved by the Exchange and the Exchange assumes no responsibility for the contents of this document, including the correctness of any of the statements or opinions made or reports contained in this document. The contact person for the Sponsor is [full name], [contact details].

(2)

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CHAPTER 8 CHANGES IN CAPITAL


PART I SCOPE OF CHAPTER

801

This Chapter deals with issuers on Catalist changing their capital either by issuing additional equity securities or adjusting existing capital (including the issue of shares out of treasury). It also sets out the requirements and procedures for listing additional equity securities. Additional requirements relating to interested person transactions or the issue of equity securities arising from acquisitions, are set out in Chapters 9 and 10.

802

PART II

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR AN ISSUE OF SECURITIES

803

An issuer must not issue securities to transfer a controlling interest without prior approval of shareholders in general meeting. Except in the case of an issue made on a pro rata basis to shareholders or a scheme referred to in Part VIII of this Chapter, no director of an issuer, or associate of the director, may participate directly or indirectly in an issue of equity securities or convertible securities unless shareholders in general meeting have approved the specific allotment. Such directors and associates must abstain from exercising any voting rights on the matter. The notice of meeting must state: (1) (2) (3) the number of securities to be allotted to each director and associate; the precise terms of the issue; and that such directors and associates will abstain from exercising any voting rights on the resolution. Except as provided in Rule 806, an issuer must obtain the prior approval of shareholders in general meeting for the following: (1) The issue of shares or convertible securities or the grant of options carrying rights to subscribe for shares of the issuer; or If a principal subsidiary of an issuer issues shares or convertible securities or options that will or may result in: (a) (b) the principal subsidiary ceasing to be a subsidiary of the issuer; or a percentage reduction of 20% or more of the issuer's equity interest in the principal subsidiary. For example, if the issuer has a 70% interest in a principal subsidiary, shareholder approval will be required for any issue of shares in the principal subsidiary reducing the issuers equity interest to 56%.

804

805

(2)

General Mandate 806 (1) Subject to Rule 803, approval by an issuer's shareholders under Rule 805(1) is not required if shareholders had, by resolution in a general meeting, given a general

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mandate to the directors of the issuer, either unconditionally or on such conditions to issue: (a) (b) (c) shares; or convertible securities; or additional convertible securities issued pursuant to Rule 829, notwithstanding that the general mandate may have ceased to be in force at the time the securities are issued, provided that the adjustment does not give the holder a benefit that a shareholder does not receive; or shares arising from the conversion of the securities in (b) and (c), notwithstanding that the general mandate may have ceased to be in force at the time the shares are to be issued.

(d)

(2)

A general mandate must limit the aggregate number of shares and convertible securities that may be issued according to the limits in Rules 806(2)(a) and (b) below. Unless prior shareholder approval is required under the Rules, an issue of treasury shares will not require further shareholder approval, and will not be included in the following limits. (a) If shareholders approve the mandate by ordinary resolution, the limit must be not more than 100% of the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares, of which the aggregate number of shares and convertible securities issued other than on a pro rata basis to existing shareholders must be not more than 50% of the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares; or If shareholders approve the mandate by special resolution, the limit on the aggregate number of shares and convertible securities issued, whether on a pro rata or non pro rata basis, may be up to 100% of the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares. Shareholder approval under this Rule 806(2)(b) must not be deemed by way of subscription for shares.

(b)

(3)

For the purpose of Rule 806(2), the percentage of the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares is based on the issuers total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares at the time of the passing of the resolution approving the mandate after adjusting for: (a) (b) new shares arising from the conversion or exercise of convertible securities; new shares arising from exercising share options or vesting of share awards outstanding or subsisting at the time of the passing of the resolution approving the mandate, provided the options or awards were granted in compliance with Part VIII of Chapter 8; and any subsequent bonus issue, consolidation or subdivision of shares.

(c) (4)

If the general mandate is obtained before listing, the issuer may treat its postinvitation total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares as its total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares for the purpose of Rule 806(3). An issuer cannot rely on the general mandate for an issue of convertible securities if the maximum number of shares to be issued upon conversion cannot be determined at the time of issue of the convertible securities. A general mandate may remain in force until the earlier of the following:

(5)

(6)

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(a)

the conclusion of the first annual general meeting of the issuer following the passing of the resolution. By a resolution passed at that meeting, the mandate may be renewed, either unconditionally or subject to conditions; or it is revoked or varied by ordinary resolution of the shareholders in general meeting.

(b)

PART III

PREFERENTIAL OFFERING

807

If shareholders of an issuer are offered a specific entitlement in a new issue of securities, or in securities of a company about to be floated, such entitlement must be on a pro-rata basis with no restriction on the number of shares held before entitlements accrue. Once the basis of an entitlement is declared, the issuer must not make any alterations to such entitlement except with the approval of the Exchange.

808

PART IV

ISSUE OF SHARES, COMPANY WARRANTS AND CONVERTIBLE SECURITIES FOR CASH (OTHER THAN RIGHTS ISSUE)

809

An issuer may issue shares, company warrants or other convertible securities for cash other than by way of a rights issue. An issuer which intends to issue shares, company warrants or other convertible securities for cash must announce the issue promptly. The announcement must include the following: (1) (2) (3) (4) terms and purpose of the issue; the amount of proceeds proposed to be raised; breakdown of the proposed use of proceeds; where the issue is proposed to be used mainly for general working capital purposes, the issuer must provide reasons for such use taking into account its working capital position; whether the issuers directors are of the opinion that, after taking into consideration: (a) the present bank facilities, the working capital available to the group is sufficient to meet its present requirements and if so, the directors must provide reasons for the issue; and the present bank facilities and net proceeds of the issue, the working capital available to the group is sufficient to meet its present requirements; and

810

(5)

(b)

(6)

whether it has obtained a listing and quotation notice from the Exchange or will be seeking the listing and quotation of the new shares arising from the issue. An issue of shares must not be priced at more than 10% discount to the weighted average price for trades done on the Exchange for the full market day on which the placement or subscription agreement is signed. If trading in the issuer's shares is not available for a full market day, the weighted average price must be based on the

811

(1)

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trades done on the preceding market day up to the time the placement agreement is signed. (2) An issue of company warrants or other convertible securities is subject to the following requirements: (a) If the conversion price is fixed, the price must not be more than 10% discount to the prevailing market price of the underlying shares prior to the signing of the placement or subscription agreement. If the conversion price is based on a formula, any discount in the price-fixing formula must not be more than 10% of the prevailing market price of the underlying shares before conversion.

(b)

(3)

Rule 811(1) and (2) is not applicable if specific shareholder approval is obtained for the issue of shares, company warrants or other convertible securities. An issue must not be placed to any of the following persons: (a) (b) (c) the issuer's directors and substantial shareholders; immediate family members of the directors and substantial shareholders; substantial shareholders, related companies (as defined in Section 6 of the Companies Act), associated companies and sister companies of the issuer's substantial shareholders; corporations in whose shares the issuer's directors and substantial shareholders have an aggregate interest of at least 10%; or any person who, in the opinion of the Exchange, falls within category (a) to (d).

812

(1)

(d)

(e)

(2)

The Exchange may agree to a placement to a person in Rule 812(1) if specific shareholder approval for such a placement has been obtained. The person, and its associates, must abstain from voting on the resolution approving the placement. The Exchange may agree to a placement to a person in Rule 812(1)(b), (c) or (d) if it is satisfied that the person is independent and is not under the control or influence of any of the issuer's directors or substantial shareholders. An issuer may borrow shares from its substantial shareholder to facilitate an issue of shares for cash provided that the substantial shareholder does not receive any financial benefit (directly or indirectly) from the arrangement.

(3)

813

PART V

RIGHTS ISSUES

814

(1)

An issuer which intends to make a rights issue must announce (having regard to Rule 704(22) the issue promptly. The announcement must include the following: (a) (b) (c) price, terms and purpose of the issue; the amount of proceeds proposed to be raised; breakdown of the proposed use of proceeds;

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(d)

where the issue is proposed to be used mainly for general working capital purposes, the issuer must provide reasons for such use taking into account its working capital position; whether the issuers directors are of the opinion that, after taking into consideration: (i) the present bank facilities, the working capital available to the group is sufficient to meet its present requirements and if so, the directors must provide reasons for the issue; and the present bank facilities and net proceeds of the issue, the working capital available to the group is sufficient to meet its present requirements;

(e)

(ii)

(f) (g) (h)

whether the issue will be underwritten; the financial circumstances which call for the issue; and whether it has obtained a listing and quotation notice from the Exchange or will be seeking the listing and quotation of the new shares arising from the rights issue.

In addition, an issuer must observe the disclosure requirements in Appendix 8A. (2) If a rights issue involves an issue of convertible securities, the issuer must also comply with Part VI of this Chapter. An issuer must announce any significant disbursement of the proceeds raised from the rights issue. (1) Subject to Rule 816(2), a rights issue must provide for the rights to subscribe for securities to be renounceable in part or in whole in favour of a third party at the option of the entitled shareholders. (a) An issuer can undertake non-renounceable rights issues:(i) (ii) subject to specific shareholders approval; or in reliance on the general mandate to issue rights shares in a nonrenounceable rights issue if the rights shares are priced at not more than 10% discount to the weighted average price for trades done on the Exchange for the full market day on which the rights issue is announced. If trading in the issuers shares is not available for a full market day, the weighted average price must be based on the trades done on the preceding market day up to the time the rights issue is announced.

815

816

(2)

(b) The non-renounceable rights issue must comply with Part V of Chapter 8 except Rule 816(1). 817 An issuer may make a rights issue with or without underwriting. Generally, it is for the issuer to decide whether its rights issue is to be underwritten. In the case of a rights issue that is underwritten, any force majeure clause in the underwriting agreement cannot be invoked after the commencement of ex-rights trading.

818

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819

(1)

An issuer must seek the Exchanges prior approval if it decides to proceed with a rights issue without underwriting because the force majeure clause in the underwriting agreement was invoked before commencement of ex-rights trading. Upon receipt of the Exchanges approval, the issuer must announce immediately that the rights issue will proceed without underwriting. The following requirements apply to a rights issue that is not underwritten:

(2)

820 (1) (2)

The rights issue cannot be withdrawn after the commencement of ex-rights trading. The Exchange may permit the issuer to scale down a shareholders application to subscribe for the rights issue to avoid placing the shareholder in the position of incurring a mandatory bid obligation under the Takeover Code as a result of other shareholders not taking up their rights entitlement fully. No date must be fixed for the closing of books until the Exchange has issued a listing and quotation notice. An issuer must issue the following to persons entitled within 2 market days (within 5 market days in the case of a scrip counter), or such longer period as the Exchange may approve, after a books closure date:

821

822

(1) (2)

Letter of Entitlement; Subsidiary Rights Application Form ("SRAF"), incorporating the Form of Acceptance and Excess Shares Application; and Such other documents as the Exchange may require. An issuer making a rights issue must, having regard to Practice Note 8A, provide a proposed time-table to the Exchange showing the following dates: (a) books closure date to determine rights entitlement; (b) commencement of trading of nil-paid rights; (c) last day for exercise and payment of rights; and (e) last day for receipt and acceptance of SRAFs. An issuer making a rights issue must observe any time-table published by the Exchange.

(3) 823 (1)

(2)

PART VI

ISSUE OF COMPANY WARRANTS AND OTHER CONVERTIBLE SECURITES

824

Every issue of company warrants or other convertible securities not covered under a general mandate must be specifically approved by shareholders in general meeting. The number of new shares arising from the exercise/conversion of outstanding company warrants or other convertible securities must in aggregate not exceed 50% of the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares. When listing company warrants or other convertible securities, the issuer should ensure a sufficient spread of holdings to provide for an orderly market in the securities. As a guide, the Exchange expects at least 100 warrantholders for a class of company warrants. Company warrants or other convertible securities may be listed only if the

825

826

827

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underlying securities are (or will become at the same time) one of the following: (1) (2) A class of equity securities listed on the Exchange. A class of equity securities listed or dealt in on a stock market approved by the Exchange. Each company warrant must: (1) give the registered holder the right to subscribe for or buy one share in the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares of the issuer; and not be expressed in terms of dollar value. The terms of the issue must provide for: (1) adjustment to the exercise or conversion price and, where appropriate, the number of company warrants or other convertible securities, in the event of rights, bonus or other capitalisation issues; the expiry of the company warrants or other convertible securities to be announced, and notice of expiry to be sent to all holders of the company warrants or other convertible securities at least 1 month before the expiration date; and Any material alteration to the terms of company warrants or other convertible securities after issue to the advantage of the holders of such securities to be approved by shareholders, except where the alterations are made pursuant to the terms of the issue. An issuer must announce any adjustment made pursuant to Rule 829(1). An issuer must not: (a) (b) (c) extend the exercise period of an existing company warrant; issue a new company warrant to replace an existing company warrant; change the exercise price of an existing company warrant except where the alterations are made pursuant to the terms of an issue pursuant to Rule 829(1); or change the exercise ratio of an existing company warrant.

828

(2) 829

(2)

(3)

830 831

(d) 832

A circular or notice to be sent to shareholders in connection with a general meeting to approve the issue of company warrants or other convertible securities must include at least the following information: (1) The maximum number of the underlying securities which would be issued or transferred on exercise or conversion of the company warrants or other convertible securities. The period during which the company warrants or other convertible securities may be exercised and the dates when this right commences and expires. The amount payable on the exercise of the company warrants or other convertible securities. The arrangements for transfer or transmission of the company warrants or other

(2)

(3)

(4)

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convertible securities. (5) (6) The rights of the holders on the liquidation of the issuer. The arrangements for the variation in the subscription or purchase price and in the number of company warrants or other convertible securities in the event of alterations to the share capital of the issuer. The rights (if any) of the holders to participate in any distributions and/or offers of further securities made by the issuer. A summary of any other material terms of the company warrants or other convertible securities. The purpose for and use of proceeds of the issue, including the use of future proceeds arising from the conversion/exercise of the company warrants or other convertible securities.

(7)

(8)

(9)

(10) The financial effects of the issue to the issuer. 833 The following additional requirements apply to an offer of company warrants or other convertible securities by way of a rights issue or bought deal: (1) The issuers announcement of the rights issue or bought deal must include either: (a) the exercise or conversion price of the company warrants or other convertible securities, or a price-fixing formula to determine the exercise or conversion price. The price-fixing formula must not contain any discretionary element and the amount of premium or discount (in relation to the underlying share price) must be specified.

(b)

(2)

Where a price-fixing formula is adopted: (a) if the issue is not underwritten, the issuer must fix and announce the exercise or conversion price before the close of the offer; or if the issue is underwritten, the issuer must fix and announce the exercise or conversion price before the commencement of nil-paid rights trading.

(b)

(3)

An offer of company warrants or convertible securities by way of a bought deal must comply with Part V of this Chapter. For the purpose of this Part, a bought deal is an issue of company warrants or other convertible securities to a financial institution which will in turn offer them to the issuers shareholders on a pro-rata basis, usually in conjunction with a loan facility provided by that financial institution to the issuer. An issuer making a bonus issue of company warrants must also comply with Rules 836 and 837.

834

835

PART VII

BONUS ISSUES, CAPITALISATION ISSUES AND SUBDIVISION OF SHARES

836

An issuer that intends to make a capitalization issue or a subdivision of shares must promptly make an announcement, stating the following:

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(1) (2) 837

The terms of the issue or the subdivision; and Whether the issuer has obtained a listing and quotation notice from the Exchange. No date must be fixed for the closing of books until the Exchange has issued a listing and quotation notice in respect of the capitalisation issue or subdivision of shares. The daily weighted average price of an issuers quoted securities, adjusted for the capitalization issue or subdivision of shares (adjusted price), must not be less than $0.20, taking into account the issuers adjusted price for the month preceding the application date. An issuer making a capitalisation issue or subdivision of shares must state in the shareholder circular (if required) whether it expects to maintain the quantum of dividend declared and paid in the previous year. An issuer must not capitalise:

838

839

840 (1) (2)

more than 50% of the amount standing in the revaluation reserve account; and any surplus arising from the revaluation of fixed assets such as plant and machinery. An issuer should avoid creating odd lots as far as possible.

841

PART VIII

SHARE OPTION SCHEMES OR SHARE SCHEMES

842

(1)

An issuers subsidiaries must also comply with Rules 843 to 860 in relation to share option schemes or share schemes implemented by them. Rule 842(1) does not apply to the share option scheme or share scheme of an issuers subsidiary which is listed on an approved exchange that has rules which safeguard the interests of shareholders according to similar principles in Part VIII. The approval of an issuers shareholders must be obtained for any share option scheme or share scheme implemented by: (a) (b) the issuer; and a principal subsidiary of the issuer if the scheme may cause Rule 805(2) to apply.

(2)

(3)

(4)

If shareholder approval is not required pursuant to Rule 842(3), an issuer must announce the principal terms of any such share option scheme or share scheme implemented by its subsidiaries. Terms of Schemes

843

Participation in a scheme must be restricted to directors and employees of the issuer and its subsidiaries, except that: (1) directors and employees of an associated company of the issuer may participate in the scheme if the issuer has control over the associated company.

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(2)

directors and employees of the issuer's parent company and its subsidiaries who have contributed to the success and development of the issuer may participate in the scheme . A limit on the size of each scheme, the maximum entitlement for each class or category of participant (where applicable), and the maximum entitlement for any one participant (where applicable) must be stated. The amount, if any, payable on application or acceptance, the period in or after which payments or calls, or loans to provide the same, may be paid or called must be set out. The exercise price of options to be granted must be set out. Options granted at a discount may be exercisable after 2 years from the date of grant. Other options may be exercisable after one year from the date of grant. The voting, dividend, transfer and other rights attached to the securities, including those arising from a liquidation of the issuer must be stated. The scheme must be administered by a committee of directors of the issuer. However, where the issuer has a parent company, the parent company may nominate one person to the committee. A participant who is a member of the committee must not be involved in its deliberations in respect of options to be granted to that participant.

844

845

846

847

848

849

(1)

A scheme must provide for adjustment of the subscription or option price or the number or amount of securities under the scheme not already allotted, in the event of a capitalisation issue and other circumstances (e.g. rights issue, capital reduction, sub-division or consolidation of shares or distribution). The adjustment must be made in such a way that a participant will not receive a benefit that a shareholder does not receive. The issue of securities as consideration for an acquisition will normally not be regarded as a circumstance requiring adjustment. Adjustments other than on a capitalisation issue must be confirmed in writing by the company's auditors to be fair and reasonable. The scheme must provide that the provisions relating to the matters contained in Rules 843 to 848, and Rules 852 to 853 cannot be altered to the advantage of the participants without prior shareholder approval.

(2)

(3)

(4)

850

851

(1)

An issuer must provide in the scheme that the following disclosure will be made in its annual report: (a) (b) The names of the members of the committee administering the scheme. The information required in the table below for the following participants: (i) (ii) directors of the issuer; participants who are controlling shareholders of the issuer and their associates; and participants, other than those in Rule 851(1)(b)(i) and (ii) above, who receive 5% or more of the total number of options available under the scheme;

(iii)

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(c)

In respect of options granted to directors and employees of the parent company and its subsidiaries: (i) The names of and number and terms of options granted to each director or employee of the parent company and its subsidiaries who receives 5% or more of the total number of options available to all directors and employees of the parent company and its subsidiaries under the scheme, during the financial year under review; and The aggregate number of options granted to the directors and employees of the parent company and its subsidiaries for the financial year under review, and since the commencement of the scheme to the end of the financial year under review.

(ii)

(d)

The number and proportion of options granted at a discount during the financial year under review in respect of every 10% discount range, up to the maximum quantum of discount granted.

(2)

If any of the requirements in Rule 851(1) is not applicable, an appropriate negative statement must be included. Shareholder Approval

852

Participation in a scheme by controlling shareholders and their associates must be approved by independent shareholders of the issuer. A separate resolution must be passed for each person and to approve the actual number and terms of options to be granted to that participant. Any grant of options to a director or employee of the issuers parent company and its subsidiaries that, together with options already granted to the person under the scheme, represents 5% or more of the total number of options available to such directors and employees, must be approved by independent shareholders. A separate resolution must be passed for each such person and to approve the aggregate number of options to be made available for grant to all directors and employees of the parent company and its subsidiaries. When seeking shareholder approval, an issuer must explain the basis for the following in the circular: (1) Participation by, and the specific grant of options to, each of the controlling shareholders or their associates; Participation by, and the grant of options to, directors and employees of the parent company and its subsidiaries; Participation by non-executive directors;

853

854

(2)

(3)

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(4) (5) (6) 855

Participation by directors and employees of the associated companies; Discount quantum; and Size of the scheme. An issuer must briefly describe in the circular the potential cost to it arising from the grant of options.

856

(1)

An issuer must disclose the terms of the scheme or a summary of the principal terms in the circular. The summary must contain all the information required under Rules 843 to 848, and Rules 852 to 853. If only a summary is disclosed, the issuer must make the terms of the scheme available for inspection at its registered office for at least 14 days before the date of the general meeting. Where directors of the issuer are trustees of the scheme or have an interest direct or indirect in the scheme, the circular must disclose that interest. Shareholders who are eligible to participate in the scheme must abstain from voting on any resolution relating to the scheme (other than a resolution relating to the participation of, or grant of options to, directors and employees of the issuers parent company and its subsidiaries). The following categories of persons must abstain from voting on any resolution relating to the participation of, or grant of options to, directors and employees of the parent company and its subsidiaries:

(2)

857

858

859

(1) (2)

the parent company (and its associates); and directors and employees of the parent company (and its subsidiaries), who are also shareholders and are eligible to participate in the scheme. If options have been granted under a previous scheme, the circular to shareholders seeking approval for the new scheme must disclose the following about the previous scheme:

860

(1) (2) (3) (4)

total numbers of shares reserved and allotted; number of participants; any material conditions to which the options are subject; and the following details of options granted to directors of the issuer, and participants who are controlling shareholders and their associates: (a) dates options were granted; (b) number of shares offered under the options; and (c) number of shares allotted upon exercise of options.

PART IX

SCRIP DIVIDEND SCHEMES

861

Any scheme which enables shareholders to elect to receive shares in lieu of the cash amount of any dividend must comply with the following:-

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(1)

The scheme must be announced via SGXNET. The announcement must state the following:(a) any tax advantage if a shareholder elects to receive shares in lieu of cash, or an appropriate negative statement; whether a shareholder who elects to receive shares may receive odd lots; that a shareholder who will breach any shareholding restriction imposed by Singapore law or prescribed in the Articles of Association of the issuer by receiving shares is not eligible to participate in the scheme for that dividend; that a person receiving shares under the scheme may be required to comply with the Takeover Code; and the treatment of fractional entitlements arising from the allotment of new shares pursuant to the scheme. whether the issue of shares under the scheme will require shareholders approval under the Companies Act and/or any other applicable statutory requirement, and if so, to disclose whether the issuer is relying on a general mandate that is currently in force or will be obtaining specific shareholders approval for the issue of new shares under the scheme.

(b) (c)

(d)

(e)

(f)

(2)

All shareholders must be eligible to participate in the scheme, subject to any shareholding restriction imposed by any statute, law or regulation in Singapore or prescribed in the Articles of Association of the issuer. The scheme may provide that shareholders may make a permanent election to participate in the scheme for all future dividends or may elect for each dividend. Notwithstanding Rule 861(2), an issuer may determine that foreign shareholders will not be eligible to participate if: (a) they have not supplied CDP or the issuer (as the case may be), addresses in Singapore for services of notices, or the participation of foreign shareholders will result in a breach of regulations or is not permitted by the relevant authorities of the jurisdictions in which the foreign shareholders are located.

(3)

(b)

In addition, if any foreign shareholding limit computed as at the Books Closure Date (BCD) will be breached (assuming that all foreign shareholders elect for shares), the scheme shall not apply for that dividend and the cash amount of the dividend declared will be paid in the usual way. (4) The issue price of shares allotted pursuant to the scheme must be determined in accordance with a formula based on the market price, but any discount must not exceed 10% of the market price. The dividend payment date for a dividend where a share alternative is offered must be not less than 30 market days, but not more than 35 market days, after the BCD.

(5)

(6) For the avoidance of doubt, the scheme must allow shareholders to receive dividends in cash. 862 An issuer must announce whether or not a scheme is to apply to a particular dividend. Such an announcement must be made promptly after the decision is taken and in any event, no later than the market day following the BCD for that particular

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dividend.

PART X

LISTING OF ADDITIONAL SECURITIES

863

The Exchange will normally admit the securities to Catalist on receipt of conforming documents from the sponsor. However, the Exchange may, in its absolute discretion, impose conditions on the listing of the securities, or delay or refuse the listing. Such conditions may include shareholder approval and/or abstention from voting by certain shareholders. The Exchange also reserves the right to vary any such condition(s) or impose additional conditions. The following sets out the usual steps in the additional listing process (other than for rights issues): (1) (a) (b) The issuer makes the appropriate announcement; The sponsor submits an additional listing confirmation required in Part I of Appendix 8B to the Exchange; The issuer obtains shareholder approval (if required); The issuer announces receipt of the listing and quotation notice from the Exchange; The issuer fixes the books closure and entitlement dates (if applicable) and the sponsor informs the Exchange; The issuer allots and issues the securities; The sponsor submits the confirmation required in Part II of Appendix 8B to the Exchange; and The securities are admitted to Catalist.

864

(c) (d)

(e)

(f) (g)

(h)

Where applicable, an offer information statement must be lodged under section 277(1)(b) of the SFA with the Exchange acting as agent of the Authority. The written consents provided by experts, issue managers and underwriters under sections 277(5) and 277(6) of the SFA, must be lodged with the Exchange (acting as agent of the Authority) at the same time as the lodgement of the offer information statement. (2) Where shares are issued pursuant to the exercise or conversion of convertible securities for which listing and quotation notice has been received from the Exchange, the issuer need not follow the procedures set out in Rule 864(1). The listing of such securities must comply with the following procedures: (a) (b) The issuer issues and allots the shares; The sponsor submits a notification in accordance with Appendix 8C to the Exchange; The Exchange informs the sponsor of the listing of the shares; The securities are admitted to Catalist.

(c) (d) 865

An offer information statement lodged under section 277(1)(b) of the SFA with the

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Exchange acting as agent of the Authority, must meet the following requirements: (1) It must comply with applicable law and, in particular, Parts II to X of the Sixteenth Schedule, Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments) (Shares and Debentures) Regulations 2005 (Sixteenth Schedule), where a reference to the Authority shall mean a reference to the Exchange. It must include on the front cover the following: (a) (b) the date of lodgement of the offer information statement, the name of the entity in respect of which the securities are being offered, its place of incorporation or constitution, the date of incorporation or constitution and the name of its sponsor, the following statements: (i) This document is important. If you are in any doubt as to the action you should take, you should consult your legal, financial, tax, or other professional adviser(s). The securities offered are issued by an entity whose shares are listed for quotation on Catalist. An application has been made for permission for the securities to be listed for quotation on Catalist. Companies listed on Catalist may carry higher investment risk when compared with larger or more established companies listed on the SGX Main Board. In particular, companies may list on Catalist without a track record of profitability and there is no assurance that there will be a liquid market in the securities traded on Catalist. A prospective investor should be aware of the risks of investing in such companies and should make the decision to invest only after careful consideration and, if appropriate, consultation with an independent financial adviser. This offer is made in or accompanied by an offer information statement that has been lodged with the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (the Exchange) acting as agent on behalf of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (the Authority). Neither the Authority nor the Exchange has examined or approved the contents of this document. Neither the Authority nor the Exchange assumes any responsibility for the contents of this document, including the correctness of any of the statements or opinions made or reports contained in this document. Neither the Authority nor the Exchange has in any way considered the merits of the securities being offered for investment. The lodgement of this offer information statement with the Exchange does not imply that the SFA, or any other legal or regulatory requirements, or requirements in the Exchanges listing rules, have been complied with. Acceptance of applications will be conditional upon issue of the securities and upon listing of the issued securities of the issuer. Monies paid in respect of any application accepted will be returned

(2)

(c)

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

(vi)

(vii)

(viii)

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if the listing of the securities does not proceed. (ix) After the expiration of 6 months from the date of lodgement of this offer information statement, no person shall make an offer of securities, or allot, issue or sell any securities, on the basis of this offer information statement; and no officer or equivalent person or promoter of the entity or proposed entity will authorise or permit the offer of any securities or the allotment, issue or sale of any securities, on the basis of this offer information statement.

(3)

If the sponsor acts as issue manager to the offer of securities, the sponsor must also be named as issue manager in the offer information statement. The Exchange may waive the application of any requirement in the Rules relating to the form or content of an offer information statement to any person or any offer information statement, subject to conditions or restrictions as may be imposed by the Exchange.

(4)

PART XI

SHARE BUY-BACK

Shareholder Approval 866 An issuer may purchase its own shares ("share buy-back") if it has obtained the prior specific approval of shareholders in general meeting. A share buy-back may only be made by way of on-market purchases transacted through the Exchange's Central Limit Order Book trading system or on another stock exchange on which the issuer's equity securities are listed ("market acquisition") or by way of an off-market acquisition in accordance with an equal access scheme as defined in Section 76C of the Companies Act. For the purpose of obtaining shareholder approval, the issuer must provide at least the following information to shareholders: (1) (2) (3) The information required under the Companies Act; The reasons for the proposed share buy-back; The consequences, if any, of share purchases by the issuer that will arise under the Takeover Code or other applicable takeover rules; Whether the share buy-back, if made, could affect the listing of the issuers equity securities on the Exchange; and Details of any share buy-back made by the issuer in the previous 12 months (whether market acquisitions or off-market acquisitions in accordance with an equal access scheme), giving the total number of shares purchased, the purchase price per share or the highest and lowest prices paid for the purchases, where relevant, and the total consideration paid for the purchases.

867

868

(4)

(5)

(6) Whether the shares purchased by the issuer will be cancelled or kept as treasury shares. Dealing Restriction 869 An issuer may only purchase shares by way of a market acquisition at a price which

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is not more than 5% above the average closing market price. For this purpose, the average closing market price is: (1) the average of the closing market prices of the shares over the last 5 market days, on which transactions in the share were recorded, before the day on which the purchases are made; and deemed to be adjusted for any corporate action that occurs after the relevant 5-day period. Off-market Acquisition On An Equal Access Scheme 870 An issuer making an off-market acquisition in accordance with an equal access scheme must issue an offer document to all shareholders containing at least the following information: (1) (2) (3) Terms and conditions of the offer; Period and procedures for acceptances; and Information in Rule 868 (2), (3), (4) and (5). Announcement of Share Buy-Back 871 (1) An issuer must announce any share buy-back as follows: (a) In the case of a market acquisition, by 9.00 am on the market day following the day on which it purchased shares, In the case of an off market acquisition under an equal access scheme, by 9.00 am on the second market day after the close of acceptances of the offer.

(2)

(b)

(2)

The announcement must be in the form of Appendix 8D.

PART XII

ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHANGES IN CAPITAL

872

Any proposed capital change must be disclosed immediately.

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CHAPTER 9 INTERESTED PERSON TRANSACTIONS


PART I SCOPE OF CHAPTER

901

The objective of this Chapter is to guard against the risk that interested persons could influence the issuer, its subsidiaries or associated companies, to enter into transactions with interested persons that may adversely affect the interests of the issuer or its shareholders. In applying these rules, regard must be given to: (1) (2) the objective of this Chapter; and the economic and commercial substance of the interested person transaction, instead of legal form and technicality. Apart from the rules in this Chapter, an issuer must also observe applicable requirements in Chapter 10.

. 902

903

PART II

DEFINITIONS

904 (1)

For the purposes of this Chapter, the following definitions apply: approved exchange means a stock exchange that has rules which safeguard the interests of shareholders against interested person transactions according to similar principles to this Chapter. "entity at risk" means: (a) (b) the issuer; a subsidiary of the issuer that is not listed on the Exchange or an approved exchange; or an associated company of the issuer that is not listed on the Exchange or an approved exchange, provided that the listed group, or the listed group and its interested person(s), has control over the associated company.

(2)

(c)

(3)

"financial assistance" includes: (a) the lending or borrowing of money, the guaranteeing or providing security for a debt incurred or the indemnifying of a guarantor for guaranteeing or providing security; and the forgiving of a debt, the releasing of or neglect in enforcing an obligation of another, or the assuming of the obligations of another.

(b)

(4)

"interested person" means: (a) (b) a director, chief executive officer, or controlling shareholder of the issuer; or an associate of any such director, chief executive officer, or controlling

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shareholder. (5) interested person transaction means a transaction between an entity at risk and an interested person. "transaction" includes: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) the provision or receipt of financial assistance; the acquisition, disposal or leasing of assets; the provision or receipt of services; the issuance or subscription of securities; the granting of or being granted options; and the establishment of joint ventures or joint investments;

(6)

whether or not in the ordinary course of business, and whether or not entered into directly or indirectly (for example, through one or more interposed entities).

PART III

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

5905

(1)

An issuer must make an immediate announcement of any interested person transaction of a value equal to, or more than, 3% of the groups latest audited net tangible assets. If the aggregate value of all transactions entered into with the same interested person during the same financial year amounts to 3% or more of the groups latest audited net tangible assets, the issuer must make an immediate announcement of the latest transaction and all future transactions entered into with that same interested person during that financial year. Rule 905(1) and (2) does not apply to any transaction below $100,000. An issuer must obtain shareholder approval for any interested person transaction of a value equal to, or more than: (a) (b) 5% of the groups latest audited net tangible assets; or 5% of the groups latest audited net tangible assets, when aggregated with other transactions entered into with the same interested person during the same financial year. However, a transaction which has been approved by shareholders, or is the subject of aggregation with another transaction that has been approved by shareholders, need not be included in any subsequent aggregation.

(2)

(3) 906 (1)

(2) 907

Rule 906(1) does not apply to any transaction below $100,000. An issuer must disclose the aggregate value of interested person transactions entered into during the financial year under review in its annual report. The name of the interested person and the corresponding aggregate value of the interested person transactions entered into with the same interested person must be presented in the following format:

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908

In interpreting the term "same interested person" for the purpose of aggregation in Rules 905 and 906, the following applies: (1) Transactions between an entity at risk and interested persons who are members of the same group are deemed to be transactions between the entity at risk with the same interested person. If an interested person, (which is a member of a group) is listed, its transactions with the entity at risk need not be aggregated with transactions between the entity at risk and other interested persons of the same group, provided that the listed interested person and other listed interested persons have boards the majority of whose directors are different and are not accustomed to act on the instructions of the other interested persons and their associates and have audit committees whose members are completely different. As an example, Entity-At-Risk A, Listed B and Listed C are all subsidiaries of Ultimate D. Listed B, Listed C and Ultimate D have boards, the majority of whose directors are different and are not accustomed to act on the instructions of Ultimate D and its associates and have audit committees whose members are completely different. Transactions between Entity-At-Risk A and Listed B need not be aggregated with transactions between Entity-At-Risk A and Listed C or with transactions between Entity-At-Risk A and Ultimate D.

(2)

909

The value of a transaction is the amount at risk to the issuer. This is illustrated by the following examples: (1) In the case of a partly-owned subsidiary or associated company, the value of the transaction is the issuer's effective interest in that transaction; In the case of a joint venture, the value of the transaction includes the equity participation, shareholders' loans and guarantees given by the entity at risk; and In the case of borrowing of funds from an interested person, the value of the transaction is the interest payable on the borrowing. In the case of lending of funds to an interested person, the value of the transaction is the interest payable on the loan and the value of the loan.

(2)

(3)

PART IV

SALE OF PROPERTY UNITS

910

(1)

An issuer must announce a sale or proposed sale of any units of its local property projects or those of its entity at risk to an interested person or a relative of a director, chief executive officer or controlling shareholder within two weeks of the sale or proposed sale, regardless of whether the sale or proposed sale is required to be announced under Rule 905. An issuer is required to comply with Rule 905 for a sale or proposed sale of any units of its non-local property projects, or those of its entity at risk, to its interested person. An announcement relating to any sale or proposed sale of units of the issuer or those of its entity at risks property projects must state the name of the project, the name of each purchaser, the unit number, the sale price and the percentage discount given. In deciding on any sale of units of its property projects to an issuer's interested persons or a relative of a director, chief executive officer or controlling shareholder,

(2)

911

912

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an issuer's board of directors must be satisfied that the terms of the sale(s) are not prejudicial to the interests of the issuer and its minority shareholders. The audit committee must review and approve the sale(s) and satisfy itself that the number and terms of the sale(s) are fair and reasonable and are not prejudicial to the interests of the issuer and its minority shareholders. 913 Where a sale or proposed sale to an issuer's interested person requires shareholder approval, the issuer must obtain the approval within six weeks of the date of the sale or proposed sale. An interested person and any nominee of the interested person must abstain from voting on all resolutions to approve the sales or proposed sales to the interested persons.

914

PART V

EXCEPTIONS

915 . (1)

The following transactions are not required to comply with Rules 905, 906 and 907: A payment of dividends, a subdivision of shares, an issue of securities by way of a bonus issue, a preferential offer, or an off-market acquisition of the issuers shares, made to all shareholders on a pro-rata basis, including the exercise of rights, options or company warrants granted under the preferential offer. The grant of options, and the issue of securities pursuant to the exercise of options, under an employees' share option scheme for which a listing and quotation notice has been issued by the Exchange. A transaction between an entity at risk and an investee company, where the interested person's interest in the investee company, other than that held through the issuer, is less than 5%. A transaction in marketable securities carried out in the open market where the counterparty's identity is unknown to the issuer at the time of the transaction. A transaction between an entity at risk and an interested person for the provision of goods or services if: (a) the goods or services are sold or rendered based on a fixed or graduated scale, which is publicly quoted; and the sale prices are applied consistently to all customers or class of customers.

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(b)

Such transactions include telecommunication and postal services, public utility services, and sale of fixed price goods at retail outlets. (6) The provision of financial assistance or services by a financial institution that is licensed or approved by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, on normal commercial terms and in the ordinary course of business. The receipt of financial assistance or services from a financial institution that is licensed or approved by the Authority, on normal commercial terms and in the ordinary course of business. Director's fees and remuneration, and employment remuneration (excluding golden parachute payments).

. (7)

. (8)

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916 (1)

The following transactions are not required to comply with Rule 906: The entering into, or renewal of a lease or tenancy of real property of not more than 3 years if the terms are supported by independent valuation. Investment in a joint venture with an interested person if: (a) the risks and rewards are in proportion to the equity of each joint venture partner; the issuer confirms by an announcement that its audit committee is of the view that the risks and rewards of the joint venture are in proportion to the equity of each joint venture partner and the terms of the joint venture are not prejudicial to the interests of the issuer and its minority shareholders; and the interested person does not have an existing equity interest in the joint venture prior to the participation of the entity at risk in the joint venture.

(2)

(b)

(c)

(3)

The provision of a loan to a joint venture with an interested person if: (a) the loan is extended by all joint venture partners in proportion to their equity and on the same terms; the interested person does not have an existing equity interest in the joint venture prior to the participation of the entity at risk in the joint venture; and the issuer confirms by an announcement that its audit committee is of the view that: 1. the provision of the loan is not prejudicial to the interests of the issuer and its minority shareholders; and the risks and rewards of the joint venture are in proportion to the equity of each joint venture partner and the terms of the joint venture are not prejudicial to the interests of the issuer and its minority shareholders.

(b)

(c)

2.

(4)

The award of a contract by way of public tender to an interested person if: (a) the awarder entity at risk announces following information: (i) (ii) (b) the prices of all bids submitted; an explanation of the basis for selection of the winning bid; and

both the listed bidder (or if the bidder is unlisted, its listed parent company) and listed awarder (or if the awarder is unlisted, its listed parent company) have boards, the majority of whose directors are different and are not accustomed to act on the instructions of the interested person or its associates and have audit committees whose members are completely different.

(5)

The receipt of a contract which was awarded by way of public tender, by an interested person if: (a) (b) the bidder entity at risk announces the prices of all bids submitted; and both the listed bidder (or if the bidder is unlisted, its listed parent company)

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and listed awarder (or if the awarder is unlisted, the listed parent company) have boards, the majority of whose directors are different and are not accustomed to act on the instructions of the interested person or its associates and have audit committees whose members are completely different.

PART VI

ANNOUNCEMENT REQUIREMENTS

917 . (1)

An announcement under Rule 905 must contain all of the following information: Details of the interested person transacting with the entity at risk, and the nature of that person's interest in the transaction. Details of the transaction including relevant terms of the transaction, and the bases on which the terms were arrived at. The rationale for, and benefit to, the entity at risk. (a) A statement: (i) whether or not the audit committee of the issuer is of the view that the transaction is on normal commercial terms, and is not prejudicial to the interests of the issuer and its minority shareholders; or that the audit committee is obtaining an opinion from an independent financial adviser before forming its view, which will be announced subsequently.

(2)

(3) (4)

(ii)

(b)

Transactions that satisfy Rule 916(1), (2) and (3) are not required to comply with Rule 917(4)(a).

(5)

The current total for the financial year of all transactions with the particular interested person whose transaction is the subject of the announcement and the current total of all interested person transactions for the same financial year.

PART VII . 918

SHAREHOLDER APPROVAL

If a transaction requires shareholder approval, it must be obtained either prior to the transaction being entered into or, if the transaction is expressed to be conditional on such approval, prior to the completion of the transaction. In a meeting to obtain shareholder approval, the interested person and any associate of the interested person must not vote on the resolution.

. 919

PART VIII

GENERAL MANDATE

920

(1)

An issuer may seek a general mandate from shareholders for recurrent transactions of a revenue or trading nature or those necessary for its day-to-day operations such as the purchase and sale of supplies and materials, but not in respect of the purchase or sale of assets, undertakings or businesses. A general mandate is subject to annual renewal.

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(a)

An issuer must: (i) disclose the general mandate in the annual report, giving details of the aggregate value of transactions conducted pursuant to the general mandate during the financial year. The disclosure must be in the form set out in Rule 907; and announce the aggregate value of transactions conducted pursuant to the general mandate for the financial periods which it is required to report on pursuant to Rule 705 within the time required for the announcement of such report. The disclosure must be in the form set out in Rule 907.

(ii)

(b)

A circular to shareholders seeking a general mandate must include: (i) the class of interested persons with which the entity at risk will be transacting; the nature of the transactions contemplated under the mandate; the rationale for, and benefit to, the entity at risk; the methods or procedures for determining transaction prices; the independent financial advisers opinion on whether the methods or procedures in (iv) are sufficient to ensure that the transactions will be carried out on normal commercial terms and will not be prejudicial to the interests of the issuer and its minority shareholders; an opinion from the audit committee if it takes a different view to the independent financial adviser; a statement from the issuer that it will obtain a fresh mandate from shareholders if the methods or procedures in (iv) become inappropriate; and a statement that the interested person will abstain, and has undertaken to ensure that its associates will abstain, from voting on the resolution approving the transaction.

(ii) (iii) (iv) (v)

(vi)

(vii)

(viii)

(c)

An independent financial advisers opinion is not required for the renewal of a general mandate provided that the audit committee confirms that: (i) the methods or procedures for determining the transaction prices have not changed since last shareholder approval; and the methods or procedures in Rule 920(1)(c)(i) are sufficient to ensure that the transactions will be carried out on normal commercial terms and will not be prejudicial to the interests of the issuer and its minority shareholders.

(ii)

(d)

Transactions conducted under a general mandate are not separately subject to Rules 905 and 906.

(2)

If the information in Rule 920(1)(b) is included in a offer document issued in connection with a listing of an issuer, the issuer may treat a general mandate as having been given. The mandate will be effective until the earlier of the following:

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(a) (b)

The first annual general meeting of the issuer following listing; or The first anniversary of the listing date.

PART IX . 921 . (1)

CIRCULAR REQUIREMENTS

Except in the case of a general mandate, if shareholder approval is required, the circular to shareholders must include: Details of the interested person transacting with the entity at risk, and the nature of that person's interest in the transaction. Details of the transaction (and all other transactions which are the subject of aggregation pursuant to Rule 906) including relevant terms of the transaction, and the bases on which the terms were arrived at. The rationale for, and benefit to, the entity at risk. (a) An opinion in a separate letter from an independent financial adviser stating whether the transaction (and all other transactions which are the subject of aggregation pursuant to Rule 906): (i) (ii) is on normal commercial terms, and is prejudicial to the interests of the issuer and its minority shareholders.

(2)

(3) (4)

(b)

However, the opinion from an independent financial adviser is not required for the following transactions. Instead, an opinion from the audit committee in the form required in Rule 917(4)(a) must be disclosed: (i) The issue of shares pursuant to Part IV of Chapter 8, or the issue of other securities of a class that is already listed, for cash. Purchase or sale of any real property where: the consideration for the purchase or sale is in cash; an independent professional valuation has been obtained for the purpose of the purchase or sale of such property; and the valuation of such property is disclosed in the circular.

(ii)

(5)

An opinion from the audit committee, if it takes a different view to the independent financial adviser. All other information known to the issuer or any of its directors that is material to shareholders in deciding whether it is in the interests of the issuer to approve the transaction. Such information includes, from an economic and commercial point of view, the true potential costs and detriments of, or resulting from, the transaction, including opportunity costs, taxation consequences, and benefits forgone by the entity at risk. A statement that the interested person will abstain, and has undertaken to ensure that its associates will abstain, from voting on the resolution approving the transaction.

(6)

(7)

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PART X

PROCEDURES

922

The Exchange will not entertain any application for waiver of any of the provisions of this Chapter.

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CHAPTER 10 ACQUISITIONS AND REALISATIONS


PART I SCOPE OF CHAPTER

1001

This Chapter sets out the rules for transactions by issuers, principally acquisitions and realisations. It does not matter whether the consideration paid or received is cash, shares, other securities, other assets, or any combination of these. This Chapter also describes how transactions are classified, what the requirements are for announcements, and whether a circular and shareholder approval is required.

PART II . 1002 (1)

DEFINITIONS

Unless the context otherwise requires: "transaction" refers to the acquisition or disposal of assets by an issuer or a subsidiary that is not listed on the Exchange or an approved Exchange, including an option to acquire or dispose of assets. It excludes an acquisition or disposal which is in, or in connection with, the ordinary course of its business or of a revenue nature. "assets" includes securities and business undertaking(s). (a) (b) net assets means total assets less total liabilities. net profits means profit or loss before income tax, minority interests and extraordinary items. the net asset and net profit figures used for comparison with the transaction(s) under consideration will be taken from the latest announced consolidated accounts. The Exchange may allow the issuers net asset value or net profit to be adjusted to take into account any transaction(s) completed subsequent to the latest announced consolidated accounts provided that adequate information about such transaction(s) has already been announced to shareholders.

. (2) (3)

(c)

(4)

market value means the weighted average price of the issuers shares transacted on the market day preceding the date of the sale and purchase agreement. market capitalisation of the issuer is determined by multiplying the number of shares in issue by the weighted average price of such shares transacted on the market day preceding the date of the sale and purchase agreement.

(5)

PART III

BASIS OF VALUATION

1003 (1)

In determining the basis of valuation of a transaction, the following rules apply: In any acquisition or disposal of shares, the value will be assessed by reference to: (a) in the case of unlisted shares, the net asset value represented by such shares; and

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(b) (2)

in the case of listed shares, the market value represented by such shares.

In any acquisition or disposal of assets other than shares, the value will be assessed by reference to the book value of the assets or, if a valuation has been carried out for the purpose of the acquisition or disposal, the market value of the assets. Where the consideration is in the form of shares, the value of the consideration shall be determined by reference either to the market value of such shares or the net asset value represented by such shares, whichever is higher.

(3)

PART IV . 1004

CLASSIFICATION OF TRANSACTIONS

Transactions are classified into the following categories: (a) non-discloseable transactions; (b) discloseable transactions; (c) major transactions; and (d) very substantial acquisitions or reverse takeovers. In determining whether a transaction falls into category (a), (b), (c) or (d) of Rule 1004, the sponsor may aggregate separate transactions completed within the last 12 months and treat them as if they were one transaction. The Exchange retains the discretion to determine whether the aggregation was correctly applied, and/or to direct the sponsor to aggregate other transactions. A transaction may fall into category (a), (b), (c) or (d) of Rule 1004 depending on the size of the relative figures computed on the following bases: (a) The net asset value of the assets to be disposed of, compared with the groups net asset value. This basis is not applicable to an acquisition of assets. The net profits attributable to the assets acquired or disposed of, compared with the groups net profits. The aggregate value of the consideration given or received, compared with the issuers market capitalisation based on the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares. The number of equity securities issued by the issuer as consideration for an acquisition, compared with the number of equity securities previously in issue. The aggregate volume or amount of proven and probable reserves to be disposed of, compared with the aggregate of the groups proven and probable reserves. This basis is applicable to a disposal of mineral, oil or gas assets by a mineral, oil and gas company, but not to an acquisition of such assets.

. 1005

. 1006

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

1007

(1)

If any of the relative figures computed pursuant to Rule 1006 is a negative figure, this Chapter may still be applicable to the transaction at the discretion of the Exchange. The sponsor should consult the Exchange. Where the disposal of an issuers interest in a subsidiary is undertaken in conjunction with an issue of shares by that subsidiary, the relative figures in Rule

(2)

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1006 must be computed based on the disposal and the issue of shares.

PART V

NON-DISCLOSEABLE TRANSACTIONS

1008

(1)

Unless Rule 703, 905 or 1009 applies, no announcement of the transaction is required if all of the relative figures computed on the bases set out in Rule 1006 amount to 5% or less. However, if the issuer wishes to announce the transaction, the announcement must include: (a) (b) details of the consideration as required in Rule 1010(3); and the value of assets acquired or disposed of as required in Rule 1010(5).

(2)

. 1009

. If the consideration is satisfied wholly or partly in securities for which listing is being sought, the issuer must announce the transaction as soon as possible after the terms have been agreed, stating the information set out in Part VI.

PART VI

DISCLOSEABLE TRANSACTIONS

1010

Where any of the relative figures computed on the bases set out in Rule 1006 exceeds 5%, an issuer must, after terms have been agreed, immediately announce the following: (1) Particulars of the assets acquired or disposed of, including the name of any company or business, where applicable. A description of the trade carried on, if any. The aggregate value of the consideration, stating the factors taken into account in arriving at it and how it will be satisfied, including the terms of payment. Whether there are any material conditions attaching to the transaction including a put, call or other option and details thereof. The value (book value, net tangible asset value and the latest available open market value) of the assets being acquired or disposed of, and in respect of the latest available valuation, the value placed on the assets, the party who commissioned the valuation and the basis and date of such valuation. In the case of a disposal, the excess or deficit of the proceeds over the book value, and the intended use of the sale proceeds. In the case of an acquisition, the source(s) of funds for the acquisition. The net profits attributable to the assets being acquired or disposed of. In the case of a disposal, the amount of any gain or loss on disposal. The effect of the transaction on the net tangible assets per share of the issuer for the most recently completed financial year, assuming that the transaction had been effected at the end of that financial year. The effect of the transaction on the earnings per share of the issuer for the most recently completed financial year, assuming that the transaction had been effected

(2) (3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

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at the beginning of that financial year. (10) The rationale for the transaction including the benefits which are expected to accrue to the issuer as a result of the transaction. (11) Whether any director or controlling shareholder has any interest, direct or indirect, in the transaction and the nature of such interests. (12) Details of any service contracts of the directors proposed to be appointed to the issuer in connection with the transaction. (13) The relative figures that were computed on the bases set out in Rule 1006. 1011 Where a sale and purchase agreement is entered into, or a valuation is conducted on the assets to be acquired, the issuer must include a statement in the announcement that a copy of the relevant agreement, or valuation, report is available for inspection during normal business hours at the issuers registered office for 3 months from the date of the announcement. Where the announcement contains a profit forecast, which may include any statement which quantifies the anticipated level of future profits, the issuer must announce the following additional information: (1) Details of the principal assumptions including commercial assumptions upon which the forecast is based. Confirmation from the issuer's auditors that they have reviewed the bases and assumptions, accounting policies and calculations for the forecast, and setting out their report on the bases, assumptions, policies and calculations. A report from the issuer's financial adviser, if one is appointed, confirming that it is satisfied that the forecast has been stated by the directors after due and careful enquiry. If no such adviser has been appointed in connection with the transaction, the issuer must submit a letter to the sponsor from the board of directors confirming that the forecast has been made by them after due and careful enquiry.

1012

(2)

(3)

PART VII

MAJOR TRANSACTIONS

1013

Where the transaction will result in a fundamental change in the issuers business, or where any of the relative figures as computed on the bases set out in Rule 1006 exceeds: (1) (2) for an acquisition, 75% but is less than 100%; or for a disposal, 50%, the transaction is classified as a major transaction. The issuer must, after terms have been agreed, immediately announce the information required in Rule 1010.

1014

(1)

A major transaction must be made conditional upon approval by shareholders in general meeting. A circular containing the information in Rule 1010 must be sent to all shareholders. This rule does not apply in the case of an acquisition of profitable assets if the only limit breached is Rule 1006(b). If the major transaction relates to an acquisition or disposal of mineral, oil or gas assets of a mineral, oil or gas company, the circular to shareholders required in

(2)

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Rule 1014(1) must contain an independent qualified persons report that meets the requirements in Rule 441.

PART VIII

VERY SUBSTANTIAL ACQUISITIONS OR REVERSE TAKEOVERS

1015

(1)

Where an acquisition of assets (whether or not the acquisition is deemed in the issuers ordinary course of business) is one where any of the relative figures as computed on the bases set out in Rule 1006 is 100% or more, or is one which will result in a change in control of the issuer, the transaction is classified as a very substantial acquisition or reverse takeover. An issuer undertaking such a transaction must appoint a full sponsor. The issuer must, after terms have been agreed, immediately announce the following: (a) (b) the information required in Rule 1010; and the latest two years of historical financial information (of the assets to be acquired) and one year of proforma financial information (of the enlarged group).

(2)

The acquisition must be made conditional upon the approval of shareholders and, if applicable, the issue of a listing and quotation notice by the Exchange. The enlarged group must comply with the following: (a) the requirements in Rule 406, 429 and if applicable, Rule 416 or 438. With regard to Rule 406(1), the proportion of share capital in public hands must be at least 15% based on the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares of the enlarged group. Where reference is made to offer document, it shall mean a shareholders circular as required pursuant to Rule 1015(2); and the period of moratorium specified in Rule 422(1) or 443, as the case may be, is applicable to: (i) persons who are existing controlling shareholders or who will become controlling shareholders of the issuer as a result of the asset acquisition; and associates of any person in (i).

(3)

(b)

(ii)

((4) In relation to the assets to be acquired, the shareholders circular must contain the following: (a) information required by Rules 407 and 1010. Where reference is made in Rule 407 to offer document, it shall mean a shareholders circular as required pursuant to Rule 1015(2); a statement by the directors and vendors (where the issue involves the sale of vendor shares) that they individually and collectively accept full responsibility for the accuracy of the information given in the document and confirm, having made all reasonable enquiries, that to the best of their knowledge and belief, the facts stated and the opinions expressed in the document are fair and accurate in all material respects as at the date of the document and that there are no material facts the omission of which would make any statements in the document misleading, and that the profit forcast (if any) has been stated by the directors after due and careful enquiry; and

(b)

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(c)

a statement by the sponsor and each financial adviser that, to the best of its knowledge and belief, the document constitutes full and true disclosure of all material facts about the issue, the issuer and its subsidiaries, and that it is not aware of any facts the omission of which would make any statement in the document misleading; and where the document contains a profit forecast, that it is satisfied that the profit forecast has been stated by the directors after reasonable enquiry.

(5)

Unless the Exchange prescribes otherwise, the issuer must comply with the requirements set out in Appendix 4F which sets out the following: (a) the main steps in the very substantial acquisition or reverse takeover process; and documents to be submitted by the sponsor to the Exchange. The sponsor must give the Exchange any additional information or documents which the Exchange requires, either in the particular case or generally.

(b)

(6)

The issuers sponsor must provide the confirmation required in Appendix 10A that the enlarged group is suitable for listing and complies with the Rules. The Exchange may suspend the securities of the issuer until: (a) the information required in Rule 1010 has been announced (unless the only information missing is insignificant); and the issuer has met the admission requirements set out in Rule 1015(3)(a).

(7)

(b) (8)

Rule 1015 does not apply in the case of an acquisition of profitable asset(s) if the only limit breached is Rule 1006(b). The Exchange may modify any requirement in this Chapter or impose additional requirements if it considers it appropriate, taking into account the rationale for the acquisition, the nature of the issuer's business and its track record. Cash Companies

1016

1017 (1)

(1) (1)

If the assets of an issuer consist wholly or substantially of cash or short-dated securities, the issuer must consult its sponsor and notify the Exchange. The issuers securities will normally be suspended. The suspension will remain in force until the issuer has a business which is able to satisfy the Exchanges requirements for a new listing, and all relevant information has been announced. Upon completion of the disposal of its operations and/or assets, the issuer must do the following: (a) Place 90% of its cash and short-dated securities (including existing cash balance and the consideration arising from the disposal(s) undertaken by the issuer) in an account opened with and operated by an escrow agent which is part of any financial institution licensed and approved by the Authority. The amount that is placed in the escrow account cannot be drawn down until the completion of the acquisition of a business which is able to satisfy the Exchanges requirements for a new listing, except for payment of expenses incurred in a reverse takeover approved by shareholders and prorata distributions to shareholders; and Provide monthly valuation of its assets and utilisation of cash, and quarterly updates of milestones in obtaining a new business, to the market via SGXNET.

(b)

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Taking the above compliance into account, the Exchange may allow continued trading in a cash companys securities on a case-by-case basis, subject to: (c) Contractual undertakings from the issuers directors, controlling shareholders, chief executive officer and their associates, to observe a moratorium on the transfer or disposal of all their interests, direct and indirect, in the securities of the issuer; and The period of the moratorium must commence from the date the shareholders approve the disposal of business, up to and including the completion date of the acquisition of a business which is able to satisfy the Exchanges requirements for a new listing.

(d)

(2)

The Exchange will proceed to remove an issuer from the Official List if it is unable to meet the requirements for a new listing within 12 months from the time it becomes a cash company. The issuer may (through its sponsor) apply to the Exchange for a maximum 6-month extension to the 12-month period subject to the issuer providing milestones in finding a new business which investors may evaluate the issuers progress. In the event the issuer is unable to meet its milestones, or find a new business despite the extension granted, no further extension will be granted and the issuer will be required to delist and make a cash exit offer in accordance with Rule 1308 to its shareholders within 6 months.

PART IX

OPTIONS TO ACQUIRE OR DISPOSE OF ASSETS

1018

The following Rules apply to options to acquire or dispose of assets, in addition to the other requirements in this Chapter: (1) If the option is not exercisable at the discretion of the issuer, shareholder approval must be obtained at the time of grant of the option. If the option is exercisable at the discretion of the issuer and the exercise terms are fixed at the time of grant, shareholder approval must be obtained at the time of grant of the option. If the option is exercisable at the discretion of the issuer and the exercise terms are not fixed, but are based on factors existing at the time of exercise, the issuer must obtain shareholder approval at the time of exercise of the option. At the time of acquisition or grant of the option, the issuer must make an appropriate announcement.

(2)

(3)

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CHAPTER 11 TAKEOVERS
PART I SCOPE OF CHAPTER

1101

This Chapter sets out the requirements which apply to takeovers. Other requirements can be found in the Takeover Code for Singapore companies.

PART II

GENERAL

1102

Where an issuer receives a notice from an offeror of its intention to make a takeover offer, it must: (1) (2) (3) notify its sponsor; request suspension of trading in its listed securities; and make an immediate announcement. An offeree company must send to all holders of shares that are not the subject of the takeover offer and holders of convertible securities, a copy of all documents sent to the holders of shares which are the subject of the takeover offer. Where a takeover offer is made for the securities of an issuer, upon the announcement by the offeror that acceptances have been received that bring the holdings owned by it, and parties acting in concert with it, to above 90% of the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares, the Exchange may suspend the listing of such securities in the Ready and Odd-Lots markets, until it is satisfied that at least 10% of the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares, are held by at least 200 shareholders who are members of the public.

. 1103

. 1104

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CHAPTER 12 CIRCULARS AND ANNUAL REPORTS

PART I

SCOPE OF CHAPTER

1201

This Chapter sets out the requirements that apply to circulars and annual reports issued to the holders of listed securities.

PART II

CIRCULARS

1202

Each of the directors of an issuer is required to accept responsibility for the accuracy of the information in a circular sent to shareholders and a statement to that effect must be incorporated in the circular. Any circular sent by an issuer to its shareholders must: (1) contain all information necessary to allow shareholders to make a properly informed decision or, if no decision is required, to be properly informed; advise shareholders that if they are in any doubt as to any action they should take, they should consult independent advisers; state that the Exchange takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any statements or opinions made or reports contained in the circular; comply with specific circular requirements in the Listing Manual, for example: Corporate Action Rules requiring specific information to be disclosed in the circulars to the shareholders Appendix 8A Rule 839

1203

(2)

(3)

(4)

(a) Rights issues (b) Capitalisation issues and subdivision of shares (c) Issue of warrants and other convertible securities (d) Employee share option schemes (e) Share buy-backs (f) Scrip dividends (g) Interested person transactions (h) Acquisitions and realisations (i) Very substantial acquisitions or reverse takeovers

Rule 832

Rules 854, 855, 856, 857 and 860

Rule 868 Rule 861(1) Rules 920(1)(b) and 921 Rule 1014 Rule 1015(4)

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(5)

include an appropriate statement if a person is required to abstain from voting on a proposal at a general meeting by a listing rule; and include on the front cover the statement required by Rule 752(2).

(6)

PART III 1204

ANNUAL REPORTS The annual report must contain enough information for a proper understanding of the performance and financial conditions of the issuer and its principal subsidiaries, including at least the following: General Information (1) (2) The name of the company's secretary. The address, telephone number, facsimile number and electronic mail address (if any) of the registered office. The address of each office at which a register of securities is kept. (a) A review, in as much detail as appropriate, of the operating and financial performance of the issuer and its principal subsidiaries in the last financial year. The review must include each of the following: (i) Any development subsequent to the release of the issuers preliminary financial statement, which would materially affect the issuers operating and financial performance. An analysis of the business outlook. Prospectus-type information relating to the background of directors and key management staff. Prospectus-type information relating to risk management policies and processes.

(3) (4)

(b)

(ii) (iii)

(iv)

(c)

Issuers are encouraged (but not required) to follow the OFR Guide when preparing their reviews. The annual audited accounts (consolidated). The audited balance sheet (unconsolidated) of the issuer. The cashflow statement (consolidated). A statement whether or not the financial statements are prepared in accordance with the prescribed accounting standards. Disclosure of the nature and financial effect of, and justification for any deviation from prescribed accounting standards, together with the auditors confirmation of their agreement to the deviation and a statement by the auditors that the deviation is necessary to present true and fair financial statements.

(5)

(a) (b) (c) (d)

(e)

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(f)

A status report on the use of proceeds raised from the initial public offer and additional issue of securities. Where the use of proceeds materially deviates from the proposed use previously disclosed, the issuer must state the reasons for the deviation. The amount of non-audit fees paid to auditors. If none, make an appropriate negative statement. Confirmation by the audit committee that it has undertaken a review of all non-audit services provided by the auditors and they would not, in the audit committees opinion, affect the independence of the auditors.

(6)

(a)

(b)

(7)

A statement (as at the 21st day after the end of the financial year) showing the direct and deemed interests of each director of the issuer in the issuers shares and convertible securities. Particulars of material contracts of the issuer and its subsidiaries involving the interests of the chief executive officer, each director or controlling shareholder, either still subsisting at the end of the financial year or if not then subsisting, entered into since the end of the previous financial year. In the case of a loan, also state: (a) (b) the names of the lender and the borrower; the relationship between the lender and the borrower and whether the director or controlling shareholder is the lender or borrower; the amount of the loan; the interest rate; the terms as to payment of interest and repayment of principal; and the security provided.

(8)

(c) (d) (e) (f)

If no material contract has been entered into, make an appropriate negative statement. (9) A statement (made up to a date not more than 1 month before the date of the notice of the annual general meeting or summary financial statement, whichever is earlier) indicating the date of such statement and setting out: (a) the number of holders of each class of equity securities and the voting rights attaching to each class; a distribution schedule of each class of equity securities (including convertible securities) other than share options referred to in Rule 1204(15), setting out the number of holders in the following categories: 1 1,000 10,001 1,000,001 (c) and 999 10,000 1,000,000 Above

(b)

the names of the substantial shareholders and a breakdown of their direct and deemed interests as shown in the company's Register of Substantial Shareholders. For deemed interests, the issuer must disclose how such interests are held or derived;

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(d)

for each class of equity securities, the names of the 20 largest holders and the number held; the percentage of shareholding held in the hands of public and confirmation that Rule 723 is complied with; and the number of treasury shares held and the percentage of such holding against the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares.

(e)

(f)

Land and Buildings (10) In respect of land and buildings, a breakdown of the value in terms of freehold and leasehold. Where properties have been revalued, to state the portion of the aggregate value of land and buildings that is based on valuation, and to state the valuation date. Where the aggregate value for all properties for development, sale or for investment purposes held by the group represent more than 15% of the value of the consolidated net tangible assets, or contribute more than 15% of the consolidated pre-tax operating profit, the issuer must disclose the following information as a note to the financial statements: (a) In the case of property held for development and/or sale: (i) (ii) a brief description and the location of the property; if in the course of construction, the stage of completion as at the date of the annual report and the expected completion date; the existing use (e.g. shops, offices, factories, residential, etc); the site and gross floor area of the property; and the percentage interest in the property.

(iii) (iv) (v) (b)

In the case of property held for investment: (i) (ii) (iii) a brief description and the location of the property; the existing use (e.g. shops, offices, factories, residential, etc); and whether the property is leasehold or freehold. If leasehold, state the unexpired term of the lease.

Provided that if, in the opinion of the directors of the issuer, the number of such properties is such that compliance with this rule would result in particulars of excessive length being given, compliance is required only for properties, which in the opinion of the directors, are material. Directors Remuneration (11) Unless the issuer makes disclosure as recommended in the Code, it must disclose the number of its directors whose remuneration falls within the following bands: 20X1 $500,000 and above $250,000 to below S$500,000 Below $250,000 Total
N N N N

20X0
N N N N

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(12) The remuneration of the directors must include all forms of remuneration from the issuer and any of its subsidiaries. In deciding whether an item or benefit is to be included in the remuneration of a director, regard shall be given to the taxability of that item. (13) The value of an item or benefit must be disclosed as the original cost or value of the amount or benefit, and not the taxable value to the recipient. (14) If a person served in the capacity of a director for any part of a financial period, disclosure is required of the person's actual remuneration for the period that the person had served as a director. Employee Share Option Scheme (15) The information required by Rule 851 in respect of any employee share option (or share incentive) scheme. Interested Person Transactions (16) The information required by Rule 907 in respect of any interested person transactions entered into during the financial year. (17) The information required by Rule 710. Dealings in Securities (18) A statement whether and how the issuer has complied with the following best practices on dealings in securities: (a) A listed issuer should devise and adopt its own internal compliance code to provide guidance to its officers with regard to dealing by the listed issuer and its officer in its securities; An officer should not deal in his companys securities on short-term considerations; and A listed issuer and its officers should not deal in the listed issuers securities during the period commencing two weeks before the announcement of the companys financial statements for each of the first three quarters of its financial year, or one month before half year or financial year, as the case may be, and ending on the date of announcement of the relevant results.

(b)

(c)

Sponsorship (19) Include on the front cover the statement required by Rule 752(2). (20) The amount of non-sponsor fees paid to the sponsor. If none, make an appropriate negative statement. Mineral, Oil and Gas Activities (21) In the case of mineral, oil and gas companies: (a) a qualified persons report, dated no earlier than the end of the issuers financial year, in accordance with the requirements as set out in Practice Note 4C;

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(b)

details of exploration (including geophysical surveys), mining development and/or production activities undertaken by the issuer and a summary of the expenditure incurred on those activities for the year. If there has been no exploration, development and/or production activity respectively, that fact must be stated; and a summary of reserves and resources as set out in Appendix 7F.

(c)

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CHAPTER 13 TRADING HALT, SUSPENSION AND DELISTING


PART I SCOPE OF CHAPTER

1301 (1)

This Chapter sets out: the requirements relating to trading halt, voluntary suspension and withdrawal by the issuer from the Exchanges Official List; and the powers of the Exchange with regard to trading halt, suspension and delisting of an issuer by the Exchange.

(2)

PART II

TRADING HALT AND VOLUNTARY SUSPENSION

1302

(1)

The Exchange may at any time grant a trading halt to enable the issuer to disclose material information or suspend trading of the listed securities of an issuer at the request of the issuer. The Exchange is not required to act on the request. The Exchange will, in normal circumstances, act on a request for trading halt or suspension if made by the issuer (and not the sponsor). If the sponsor forms the opinion that the issuers securities should be put into a trading halt or suspended, it must advise the issuer accordingly. It must also immediately inform the Exchange. Where there is a difference in opinion between the sponsor and the issuer, the Exchange will take into account both the sponsors and the issuers views when acting on such requests. The trading halt cannot exceed 3 market days or such short extension as the Exchange agrees. A trading halt may be changed to a suspension by the Exchange at any time.

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

PART III

SUSPENSION OF TRADING

1303

The Exchange may at any time suspend trading of the listed securities of an issuer in any of the following circumstances: (1) If the percentage of an issuers total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares held in public hands falls below 10%, as provided in Rule 723. In a take-over situation where the offeror succeeds in garnering acceptance exceeding 90% of the issuers total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares, causing the percentage of the issuers total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares held in public hands to fall below 10%, the Exchange will suspend trading of the listed securities of the issuer only at the close of the take-over offer. Where there is a change in the issuers assets that produces a situation where its assets consist wholly or substantially of cash or short-dated securities, as provided in Rule 1017. Where the issuer is unable to continue as a going concern or unable to demonstrate

(2)

(3)

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to the Exchange and its shareholders that it is able to do so, including the following circumstances: (a) when an application is filed with a court to place the issuer (or significant subsidiary) under judicial management; when an application is filed with a court for the liquidation of the issuer (or significant subsidiary) and the amount of the debt alleged is significant; or when the issuer is unable to reasonably assess its financial position and inform the market accordingly.

(b)

(c)

(4) (5)

Where the issuer is unable or unwilling to comply with, or contravenes, a listing rule. Where, in the opinion of the Exchange, it is necessary or expedient in the interest of maintaining a fair, orderly and transparent market. Where the issuer does not have a sponsor. Where, in the opinion of the Exchange, it is appropriate to do so. Where the Exchange releases an announcement in relation to the issuer which, in the opinion of the Exchange, is market sensitive. If an issuer is suspended under Rule 1303(3), it must:

(6) (7) (8)

1304 (1)

submit a proposal (or proposals) through its sponsor to the Exchange with a view to If no resuming trading in the issuers securities (resumption proposals). resumption proposals are received within 12 months of the date of suspension, the Exchange may remove the issuer from the Official List; and implement the resumption proposals within 12 months. If the resumption proposals have not been implemented within 12 months of the Exchange indicating that it has no objection, the Exchange may remove the issuer from the Official List.

(2)

PART IV

DELISTING

1305

(1) The Exchange may remove an issuer from its Official List (without the agreement of the issuer) if: (a) the issuer is unable or unwilling to comply with, or contravenes, a listing rule; in the opinion of the Exchange, it is necessary or expedient in the interest of maintaining a fair, orderly and transparent market; the issuer does not have a sponsor for more than 3 continuous months; in the opinion of the Exchange, it is appropriate to do so; or the issuer has no listed securities.

(b)

(c) (d) (e) (2)

If the Exchange exercises its power to remove an issuer from the Official List, the issuer or its controlling shareholder(s) must comply with the requirements of Rule 1308. For the purposes of Rule 1308, a reasonable exit offer may include a

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voluntary liquidation of the issuers assets and distribution of cash back to shareholders. 1306 A sponsor must contact the Exchange if it forms the opinion that an issuer it sponsors should be removed from the Official List. The Exchange may agree to an application by an issuer to delist from the Exchange if: (1) the issuer convenes a general meeting to obtain shareholder approval for the delisting; the resolution to delist the issuer has been approved by a majority of at least 75% of the issuers total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares held by the shareholders present and voting, on a poll, either in person or by proxy at the meeting (the issuer's directors and controlling shareholder need not abstain from voting on the resolution); and the resolution has not been voted against by 10% or more of the issuers total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares held by the shareholders present and voting, on a poll, either in person or by proxy at the meeting. If an issuer is seeking to delist from the Exchange: (1) a reasonable exit alternative, which should normally be in cash, should be offered to (a) the issuer's shareholders and (b) holders of any other classes of listed securities to be delisted; and the issuer should normally appoint an independent financial adviser to advise on the exit offer. Rules 1307 (1), (2) and (3) do not apply to a delisting pursuant to a voluntary liquidation or a scheme of arrangement.

1307

(2)

(3)

1308

(2)

1309

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CHAPTER 14 TRANSITION RULES


PART I SCOPE OF CHAPTER

1401

This Chapter sets out the requirements and procedures for an existing issuer to comply with the Catalist Rules. The Exchange may from time to time publish additional transition requirements in Practice Notes that must be complied with.

1402

PART II

EXISTING ISSUER TO COMPLY WITH NEW RULES AFTER NOTICE

1403

(1)

The Exchange will publish a date from which all existing issuers must comply with the Catalist Rules (Transition Date). At least 12 months notice will be given. The Exchange may impose conditions. An existing issuer must meet the following requirements by the Transition Date: (a) (b) (c) Complete and submit Appendix 14A with the Exchange. Comply with any conditions the Exchange imposes. Announce its intention to the market giving no less than 1 months notice. The announcement must include: (i) (ii) the name of its sponsor; and the date from which it will comply with the Catalist Rules as agreed with the Exchange.

(2) (3)

(d)

Send a copy of the announcement to each shareholder on the register at the date of the announcement.

(4)

Existing issuers on Catalist must continue to comply with the Former Sesdaq Rules until the requirements in Rule 1403(3) have been met. An existing issuer may be removed from the Official List of Catalist if it has not complied with Rule 1403. If an existing issuer is delisted, the Exchange may require the existing issuer to offer a reasonable exit alternative, which should normally be in cash, to: (a) (b) its shareholders; and holders of any other classes of listed securities to be delisted.

1404

(1)

(2)

The issuer should normally appoint an independent financial adviser to advise on the exit offer. 1405 (1) An existing issuer that changes from complying with the Former Sesdaq Rules to complying with Catalist Rules, must continue its existing moratorium, if applicable.

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(2)

Rule 406(1) will not apply to such existing issuers unless the Exchange determines otherwise.

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APPENDIX 2A CATALIST SPONSOR APPLICATION FORM


Cross-referenced from Rule 220(1)

How to complete this application form

Before applying, you should fully understand the eligibility criteria and the obligations of sponsors in the Rules. If you would like to discuss the application process or the eligibility criteria, contact Catalist Regulation on 6236 8887 (June Sim) or 6236 8897 (Eliza Tan). Where any of the items below are not applicable to you, please state so explicitly on your application form. Submit this application form together with all supporting information and documents and the required fee(s). To avoid any delay in processing your application, all information and documents should be provided at the same time as the application. Return your completed application form in 4 copies to Listings, Markets, 2 Shenton Way #23-00, SGX Centre 1, Singapore 068804, Attention: Lawrence Wong.

PART I: APPLICATION

We, _______________________ (sponsor) apply to be authorised as a sponsor by Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (the Exchange). We intend to undertake the following activities (tick one or more as appropriate):

Introducing Continuing

PART II: DETAILS OF APPLICATION

1. Corporate details (a) Registered office and operating office in Singapore (b) Date of registration / incorporation (c) Registration / incorporation number (d) Issued capital (e) Shareholders funds and financial position (f) Name and address of principal bankers and auditors (g) Financial year-end (h) Current corporate information from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) (or overseas equivalent)

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(i) Contact details of two senior representatives who will act as the liaison officers with the Exchange (name, office DID, home telephone, mobile, facsimile and email) (j) Corporate structure, including holding company, subsidiaries, associated and related companies. Provide a description of the main lines of business and country of incorporation for each. 2. Corporate documents Please attach the following documents: (a) Directors resolution approving this application (original) (b) Certificate of incorporation (c) Memorandum and Articles of Association (d) Proof of applicants current licensing (including Capital Markets Services licence), registration or exempt status where applicable. If not yet issued, provide proof of approval. (e) Internal manuals covering activities to be undertaken (e.g. corporate finance compliance manual) (f) Management letter or report on internal controls/ conflicts management issued by internal and external auditors (g) Audited financial statements for the last 3 years, where applicable 3. Qualifications and experience (a) Proof of experience. An applicant must provide a list of relevant transactions in the last 2 years in which it provided corporate finance advisory services (including initial public offerings and post-listing transactions). (b) Proof of employment of registered professionals (c) Details of current and former authorities and organisations regulating the applicant (in Singapore and elsewhere). Please include contact details as the Exchange may contact them. (d) Details of memberships of professional bodies (in Singapore and elsewhere). Please include contact details as the Exchange may contact them. (e) In respect of each registered professional employed or proposed to be employed, the following details, including completed Catalist Registered Professional Application Forms where relevant: Full name Passport/ Identity card number Residential address in Singapore Date of birth Nationality Qualifications (including degree, CMFAS certificate etc) Employment history (including date, organisation, position held, responsibilities etc) Description of experience in corporate finance, compliance or any other duties relating to sponsor activities (including date, name of client, extent of involvement etc) (f) Details of any adverse records of all persons employed or proposed to be employed to carry out the introducing activities or continuing activities.

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4. Reputation and track record (a) Details of any initial public offerings or reverse takeovers rejected by any regulatory authority or exchange (in Singapore or elsewhere) in the last 5 years, including the reasons. (b) Details of any regulatory action taken against the applicant or any member of the Group or any substantial shareholder, director or key officer of the applicant in the last 5 years (in Singapore or elsewhere). (c) If there is a potential conflict of interest between the applicant being a sponsor in Catalist and any membership or licence held elsewhere, details of how it will address the conflict. (d) Details of whether the applicant, any director or key officer of the applicant, or any member of the Group has ever been denied membership/licence or had its membership/licence suspended or revoked by any authority, exchange, market, clearing house or professional body (in Singapore or elsewhere). (e) Details of whether the applicant, any substantial shareholder, director or key officer of the applicant, or any member of the Group is under investigation (in Singapore or elsewhere). (f) Details of any censure or disciplinary action taken by any regulatory authority, exchange, market or clearing house over the last 5 years (in Singapore or elsewhere) against the applicant, any director or key officer of the applicant, or any member of the Group. (g) A statement whether there is or is not any adverse, or potentially adverse, matter involving the applicant, any director or key officer of the applicant, which has been brought to the attention of any relevant regulatory body over the last 5 years (in Singapore or elsewhere). (h) Whether the applicant, its substantial shareholders, or parent company is the subject of a winding up order made or threatened in any court whether in or out of Singapore, or is in the course of being wound up, and whether there is any resolution passed or proposed by shareholders to that effect. (i) Whether the applicant, its substantial shareholders, or parent company has an execution or a judgment debt returned unsatisfied in whole or in part, whether in or out of Singapore. (j) Whether the applicant, its substantial shareholders, or parent company has a receiver, receiver and manager, judicial manager, or person having similar powers and duties appointed in relation to any property, whether in or out of Singapore. 5. Corporate ownership (a) List of shareholders and their shareholdings. To provide explanation and diagram to outline the companys ownership structure. (b) List of other interests of shareholders, including present or past interests in firms providing corporate finance advice. (c) Relationships between shareholders
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(d) Name(s) of person(s) who have ultimate controlling interest in the applicant. State their address, nationality, identification number, occupation and directorships in other companies.

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(e) Particulars of substantial shareholders. If a substantial shareholder is an individual, provide the nationality, identification/passport number, occupation, address, record of offences and directorships in other companies. If a substantial shareholder is a corporation, provide place of incorporation, company registration number, address and record of offences. 6. Business operations (a) Brief history of the applicant, main lines of business and business volume in the last 3 years. (b) Brief history and main lines of business of the parent company. (c) Names of any other exchanges, markets or clearing houses where the applicant holds membership or is licenced. Include ranking and business volume. (d) A business plan or proposed business model for Singapore, including main business activities, products and services to be provided and expected client base. (e) State whether the applicant, its parent, or related companies have established any other operations in Singapore or have any equity interest of 5% or more in any Singapore company. If so, provide details. (f) State whether the applicant has a business function or proposes to set up a business function which may create a conflict of interest with the proposed sponsor activities (e.g. research, broking and market-making). Information should be provided regarding such functions and the procedures which will be put in place to avoid any conflict of interest with sponsor activities. 7. Corporate governance (a) Particulars of directors and key officers, including name, nationality, identification/passport number, occupation, address, record of offences, shareholdings in the applicant and interests of 5% or more in other companies and other directorships. (b) Whether any substantial shareholder, present director or key officer has ever been convicted of an offence, or disciplined for breaching any criminal law, or been found to have contravened any rules or regulations of any government, regulatory or exchange authority. (c) Organisation chart showing names, qualifications and experience of relevant employees. If the applicant is yet to be incorporated, a proposed organisation chart should be given together with the name, qualification and experience of the person who will be in charge of the proposed operations.

PART III: TERMS OF APPLICATION

8. Agreement By applying for authorisation we agree: (a) That our authorisation (or refusal of it) is in the Exchanges absolute discretion. The Exchange may authorise us on any condition or restriction it decides. The Exchange is not obliged to give reasons. (b) That the Exchange may contact the advisory panel or any organisation (regulatory or professional) about our application and may give them and receive from them any information or documents considered by the Exchange, the advisory panel or that organisation to be relevant.

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(c) That the Exchange may take any action, disciplinary or otherwise, against us under the Rules. (d) That the Exchange may make public any action taken against us and the reasons as set out in the Rules. (e) To pay all fees, charges, costs and fines under the Rules. (f) To submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Singapore. (g) That the proper law of this agreement is Singapore law. 9. Undertaking If the Exchange approves our application, we undertake to: (a) Comply with the Rules (as amended from time to time), and all conditions and restrictions imposed by the Exchange. (b) Discharge our responsibilities as a sponsor fairly and honestly. (c) Notify the Exchange as soon as practicable if: (i) We become subject to any investigation by a regulatory authority or law enforcement agency; (ii) We become subject to any disciplinary action by a regulatory authority or law enforcement agency; (d) Our capital position falls below the minimum required; or (e) An unavoidable conflict arises (and in this event we will take directions as to the conduct of the matter from the Exchange). (f) Cooperate fully (by providing information, documents, witnesses, answers to queries, and access to premises) in any review, audit or investigation conducted by the Exchange under the Rules. (g) Accept as final, binding and conclusive any decision made by the Exchange, the Disciplinary Committee or Appeals Committee. 10. Warranty We warrant to the Exchange that: (a) All matters and information relevant to the application have been submitted to the Exchange. (b) The information and documents provided with our application are complete and accurate. If any information or document is not available now, we will provide it to the Exchange before our application is approved. (c) All additional information provided, whether at the request of the Exchange or pursuant to paragraph 10(b), will also be complete and accurate. 11. Indemnity We indemnify the Exchange and its staff, agents and delegates (including members of the Disciplinary Committee, Appeals Committee and admission advisory panel) to the fullest extent

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permitted by law in respect of any claim, action, other civil liability, or expense arising from or connected with: (a) Anything done or omitted to be done with reasonable care and in good faith in the course of, or in connection with, the discharge or purported discharge of their obligations under the law or the Rules. (b) Any breach of the above agreement, undertakings and warranties.

Dated: _________________ Signed on behalf of sponsor: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing)

Dated: _________________ Signed on behalf of sponsor: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing)

Note: proper execution required e.g. if the entity has a seal, execution must be under seal.

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APPENDIX 2B CATALIST REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION FORM


Cross-referenced from Rule 220(1)

How to complete this application form

Before applying, you should fully understand the eligibility criteria and the obligations of registered professionals in the Rules. If you would like to discuss the registration process or the eligibility criteria, contact Catalist Regulation on 6236 8887 (June Sim) or 6236 8897 (Eliza Tan). Where any of the items below are not applicable to you, please state so explicitly on your registration form. Submit this registration form together with all supporting information and documents and the required fee(s). To avoid any delay in processing your registration, all information and documents should be provided at the same time as the registration. Return your completed registration form in 4 copies to Listings, Markets, 2 Shenton Way #23-00, SGX Centre 1, Singapore 068804, Attention: Lawrence Wong.

PART I: APPLICATION

I, _______________________ (registered professional) apply to be registered by Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (the Exchange) as a registered professional. I intend to undertake the following activities with my sponsor (tick one or more as appropriate):

Introducing Continuing

My sponsor *is / will be _______________________________.

PART II: DETAILS OF APPLICATION

NOTE: If the registered professional is seeking re-registration, he/she need only update the information last given to the Exchange. 1. Personal details (a) Full name (b) Passport/ identity card number (c) Residential address in Singapore (d) Date of birth (e) Nationality

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(f) Qualifications (including degreesand certificates of regulatory examinations) (g) A copy of the applicants CV detailing employment history (including dates, organisations, positions held, and responsibilities) (h) Description of experience in corporate finance, compliance or any other duties relating to sponsor activities (including date, name of client, extent of involvement etc) (i) Contact details (office DID, home telephone, mobile, facsimile and email) 2. Qualifications and experience (a) Proof of applicants current licenses (including Capital Markets Services representatives licence), registration or exempt status where applicable. If not yet issued, provide proof of approval. (b) Proof of experience in relevant activities (as applicable corporate finance advisory, related advisory, accounting, auditing or finance work) as required in Rule 204(7) and Rule 205(7). (c) Details of current and former authorities and organisations regulating the applicant (in Singapore and elsewhere). Please include contact details as the Exchange may contact them. (d) Details of memberships of professional bodies (in Singapore and elsewhere). Please include contact details as the Exchange may contact them. 3. Reputation and track record (a) Details of any initial public offerings or reverse takeovers rejected by any regulatory authority or exchange (in Singapore or elsewhere) in the last 5 years, including reasons. (b) Details of any offence, breach of contract, investigation or disciplinary action by a regulator, law enforcement agency, exchange or professional body over the last 10 years (in Singapore or elsewhere). (c) Details of whether the applicant is under investigation (in Singapore or elsewhere). (d) A statement whether there is or is not any adverse, or potentially adverse, matter which has been brought to the attention of any relevant regulatory body over the last 10 years (in Singapore or elsewhere). (e) Details of whether the applicant has ever been denied a licence or had a membership or licence revoked by any authority, exchange, market, clearing house or professional body (in Singapore or elsewhere).

PART III: CONTRACTUAL

4. Agreement By applying for registration I agree: (a) That my registration (or refusal of it) is in the Exchanges absolute discretion. The Exchange may register me on any condition or restriction it decides. The Exchange is not obliged to give reasons.

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(b) That the Exchange may contact the advisory panel or any organisation (regulatory or professional) about my application and may give them and receive from them any information or documents considered by the Exchange, the advisory panel or that organisation to be relevant. (c) That the Exchange may enforce any action, disciplinary or otherwise, under the Rules. (d) That the Exchange may make public any action taken and the reasons as set out in the Rules. (e) To pay all fees, charges and costs under the Rules. (f) To submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Singapore. (g) That the proper law of this agreement is Singapore law. 5. Undertaking If the Exchange approves my application, I undertake to: (a) Comply with the Rules (as amended from time to time), and all conditions and restrictions imposed by the Exchange. (b) Discharge my responsibilities as a registered professional fairly and honestly. (c) Notify the Exchange as soon as practicable if: (i) I become subject to any investigation by a regulatory authority or law enforcement agency; (ii) I become subject to any disciplinary action by a regulatory authority or law enforcement agency (other than the Exchange); (iii) I am disqualified by a court form acting as a director of any company or from acting in the management or conduct of a companys affairs; or (iv) I am no longer engaged in a proper capacity (e.g., full time) by my sponsor. (d) Cooperate fully (by providing information, documents, and answers to queries) in any review or investigation conducted by the Exchange. (e) Accept as final, binding and conclusive any decision made by the Exchange, or the Disciplinary Committee or Appeals Committee. 6. Warranty I warrant to the Exchange that: (a) All matters and information relevant to the application have been submitted to the Exchange. (b) The information and documents provided with my application are complete and accurate. If any information or document is not available now, I will provide it to the Exchange before my application is approved.

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(c) All additional information provided, whether at the request of the Exchange or pursuant to paragraph 6(b), will also be complete and accurate.

*Delete where not applicable.

Dated: _____________________________ Signed by registered professional applicant: ______________________ (Name of person signing)

PART IV: DECLARATION BY SPONSOR OR SPONSOR APPLICANT

7. Declaration We declare to the Exchange that: (a) We support this application. (b) The above registered professional applicant is *employed full time by us / will be employed full time by us in the event this application is approved.

* Delete where not applicable.

Dated: _________________ Signed on behalf of sponsor: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing)

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APPENDIX 2C CHANGE OF SPONSOR CONFIRMATION


Cross-referenced from Rule 224(2)(b)

We __________________________(name of sponsor), notify the Exchange that with effect from _________________, we will act as sponsor for ___________________ (name of issuer).

1. We confirm: (a) We are independent from the issuer and are able to demonstrate it to the Exchange, if required. (b) We hold a full mandate to undertake the relevant sponsorship activities for the issuer.

2. In relation to paragraph 1(a) of the above declaration, we disclose the following. (a) *We/our partners, directors, employees/associates of such partners, directors and employees, 1 either individually or collectively, *have/do not have any interest in any class of securities of the sponsored issuer above 5% of the total issued securities. Details of such interest (if any) . are as follows: (b) Our *partners, directors, employees/associates of such partners, directors and employees involved in providing advice to the sponsored issuer *have/do not have a directorship in the . sponsored issuer. Details of such directorship (if any) are as follows:

*Delete where not applicable.

Dated: ________________ Signed on behalf of sponsor: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing)

Reference to an interest in securities shall include rights, options and warrants (or similar financial products, where applicable) as if they have been exercised.

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APPENDIX 2D SPONSOR INDEPENDENCE


Cross-referenced from Rules 204(8), 205(8), 224(3)(g) and 224(4)(d)

PART I: INTRODUCTION

1. This Appendix sets out the minimum requirements with regards to a sponsors obligations under Rules 204(8), 205(8), 224(3)(g) and 224(4)(d) in which the sponsor must be independent of and have no conflicts of interest with the issuers it sponsors. 2. A sponsor, its partners, directors, officers, registered professionals and employees must be able to demonstrate independence from the issuer at all times. The proof of independence, or absence of conflict, rests with the sponsor.

PART II: INDEPENDENCE REQUIREMENTS

3. The sponsor should have adequate procedures to avoid any conflict of interest that may arise from sponsor activities and other business activities (if undertaken by the sponsor or its parent, related or associated entity). At least the following is required: (a) Separation between the functions undertaking sponsor activities and other relevant business activities. (b) Separate reporting lines for the functions undertaking sponsor activities and other relevant business activities. (c) Restriction of communication and information flow between sponsor activities and other activities to avoid leakage of sensitive information, including procedures to ensure that its officers, registered professionals and employees do not divulge any confidential information to any person who is not entitled to receive the information, and to ensure that they exercise due care to prevent any leakage of confidential information. (d) Restriction of access into the function(s) undertaking sponsor activities to authorised officers, registered professionals and employees. (e) Satisfy the Exchange that proper safeguards are in place if a sponsor wishes to act as both the sponsor and reporting auditor and/or ongoing auditor of an issuer. (f) Where the sponsor is not a trading member of SGX-ST, notify the Exchange in writing at least 14 days before it establishes a business function which may create a conflict of interest with sponsor activities, including research, broking and market-making. The sponsor must supply the Exchange with information regarding the proposed function and the procedures in place to avoid any conflict of interest with sponsor activities. 4. The sponsor must adhere to the following practices within the function undertaking sponsor activities: (a) An employee within the function undertaking sponsor activities may, either directly or 1 indirectly, have an interest of 5% or more in the securities of the sponsored issuer, provided adequate safeguards are in place to prevent any conflict of interest.
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(b) An employee within the function undertaking sponsor activities may not, either directly or indirectly, have an interest of more than 10% in the securities of a sponsored issuer. If the limit is breached, the sponsor must immediately inform the Exchange and use its best endeavours to sell down to within the guidelines as soon as practicable. (c) A sponsor should not advise other parties in a transaction, including any acquisition or takeover, involving its sponsored issuers, other than the issuer itself. (d) A sponsor must take care to avoid the appearance of a conflict between interests of its sponsored issuers and those of any other party. 5. A sponsor should have controls over trading in restricted securities: (a) A sponsor, or a partner or director of a sponsor, or associate of any such partner or director, may individually or collectively, have an interest either directly or indirectly of 5% or more in the securities of a sponsored issuer, provided that adequate safeguards are in place to prevent any conflict of interest. With proper safeguards, an asset management business operated by the sponsor is not subject to this limit. (b) A sponsor, or a partner or director of a sponsor, or associate of any such partner or director, may not either individually or collectively, have an interest either directly or indirectly of more than 10% in the securities of a sponsored issuer. If the limit is breached, the sponsor must immediately inform the Exchange and use its best endeavours to sell down to within the guidelines as soon as practicable. With proper safeguards, an asset management business operated by the sponsor is not subject to this limit. (c) No partner, director or employee of a sponsor, or associate of any such partner, director or employee, may deal in the securities or any related financial product of a sponsored issuer during any closed period of that issuer. (d) No partner, director or employee of a sponsor, or associate of any such partner, director or employee, may deal in the securities or any related financial product of a sponsored issuer during any open period of that issuer without the prior written approval of a senior management staff. If the sponsor also has a dealing function, the person intending to deal in the securities must be independent of sales or dealing. Each trade must be separately approved. (e) Policies, procedures and controls must ensure that any partner, director, or employee of a sponsor who is privy to confidential information regarding a sponsored issuer or any other issuer does not use such information to trade for their own benefit or for an associate of any such partner, director or employee. For this purpose, a sponsor should maintain a list of restricted securities which should be circulated only to the relevant personnel. (f) Policies, procedures and controls must be implemented to monitor the trading activities of all partners, directors, employees of a sponsor and associates of any such partner, director or employee in sponsored issuers. The frequency of reviews should be at a level where the sponsor is confident that its policies, procedures and controls are being complied with. 6. No partner, director, employee of a sponsor or associate of any such partner, director or employee may hold the position of a director of a sponsored issuer.

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APPENDIX 2E SPONSORS ANNUAL RETURN


Cross-referenced from Rule 233

PART I: SPONSORS DETAILS

A sponsor must lodge an annual return no later than 90 calendar days after its financial year end. 1. The return must attach the following documents: (a) Latest audited accounts (b) Details of any material adverse change in financial position (c) Details of registered professionals as below (d) Details of changes in the sponsors substantial shareholders, directors or key officers (e) Details of censures, disciplinary actions or investigations or other relevant matters involving 1 the sponsor or any member of the Group , or its substantial shareholders, directors, officers, registered professionals and employees (f) Details of issuers for whom the sponsor acts (g) Details of fees earned from each issuer for non-sponsor work (including the type of work performed), where such fees are in excess of 100% of the fees earned from sponsor work (h) Details of any material changes to the information previously supplied in the sponsor application form 2. The return must also include a confirmation that: (a) The documents and information supplied in this return are accurate, complete and not misleading. (b) The sponsor continues to meet the eligibility requirements in the Rules, and the conditions and restrictions imposed by the Exchange. (c) The sponsor continues to have a sufficient number of registered professionals. (d) There are no changes to the information previously supplied to the Exchange except as identified in the return. (e) The following issuers are sponsored: Sponsor activities undertaken Name of registered professionals involved Date when contract entered

Name of issuer

Date when contract expires

(f) The following listing applicants were rejected by the sponsors (to provide names of the listing applicants and reasons for the rejection).

Group means the applicants parent entity, subsidiaries, and related entities.

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PART II: REGISTERED PROFESSIONALS DETAILS

3. This return must attach the following documents: (a) Names of all registered professionals (b) Details of any additional qualifications obtained for any of its registered professionals 4. This return must also include confirmation that: (a) There has been no material change to any of its registered professionals declarations in the registration forms submitted to the Exchange, except as identified in this return. (b) The following registered professionals are/ were involved in the following transactions : Transaction Details Name of registered professionals involved

(c) No disciplinary actions are being conducted, or threatened, against any registered professional except __________________________ (if none, write nil).

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APPENDIX 4A PRE-ADMISSION NOTIFICATION


Cross-referenced from Appendix 4G

PART I: INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

1. A sponsor must submit to the Exchange a pre-admission notification for an initial public offering that includes the following information: (a) Summary information on the listing applicant, including: (i) Name and registration number (ii) Address (iii) Country of incorporation (iv) Principal place of business (v) Description of its business (vi) Number and type of securities to be quoted (vii) Description of the terms of the securities (viii) Expected date of admission (ix) Sponsorship details (x) Reporting auditor and ongoing auditor. 2. Particulars of directors and proposed directors, executive officers, controlling shareholders and officers occupying managerial positions and above who are relatives of directors or controlling shareholders. Particulars must include details of any adverse response to the questions in paragraph 8, Part VII of the Fifth Schedule, Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments) (Shares and Debentures) Regulations 2005. 3. Details of any other listing application made by the listing applicant to any exchange or market in the last 5 years, and to any exchange or market on which the listing applicant is currently listed. 4. Whether the listing applicant has approached or engaged a sponsor or issue manager to sponsor a listing application in the last 5 years. 5. Details of any conditions that the sponsor intends to require the listing applicant to fulfil after admission. 6. Confirmation that the sponsor holds a proper mandate for introducing and continuing activities on behalf of the listing applicant.

PART II: VERY SUBSTANTIAL ACQUISITION / REVERSE TAKEOVER

7. A sponsor must submit to the Exchange a pre-admission notification for very substantial acquisitions or reverse takeovers that includes the following information, where applicable: 8. Summary information on the enlarged group, including: (a) Any change to the name and registration number (b) Any change of address (c) Any change of country of incorporation (d) Any change of principal place of business (e) Description of its new business (f) Number and type of additional securities to be quoted (g) Description of the terms of the additional securities (h) Expected date of listing and quotation of additional securities

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(i) Any change of sponsorship details (j) Reporting auditor and ongoing auditor. 9. Particulars of directors and proposed directors, executive officers, controlling shareholders, and officers occupying managerial positions and above who are relatives of directors or controlling shareholders of the enlarged group. Particulars must include details of any adverse response to the questions in paragraph 8, Part VII of the Fifth Schedule, Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments) (Shares and Debentures) Regulations 2005. 10. Details of any other listing application made in respect of the assets/business/company that is being injected into the enlarged group, to any exchange or market in the last 5 years and to any exchange or market on which the assets/business/company is currently listed. 11. Whether the listing applicant has approached or engaged a sponsor or issue manager to sponsor a listing application in the last 5 years. 12. Details of any conditions that the sponsor intends to require the enlarged group to fulfil after requotation of the securities. 13. Confirmation that the sponsor holds a proper mandate for introducing and continuing activities on behalf of the enlarged group.

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APPENDIX 4B INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING LISTING CONFIRMATION


Cross-referenced from Rule 406(4)

We __________________________, sponsor of _______________________ (listing applicant) notify the Exchange that the listing applicant may be admitted to Catalist and the following securities quoted: ____________________________ (details of securities)

PART I: CONFIRMATION (LODGEMENT)

Please provide the following statements of confirmation. 1. We confirm that: (a) We have given written consent to being named as sponsor and issue manager in the preliminary offer document, and a statement of such consent appears in the preliminary offer document. (b) Each issue manager and underwriter named in the preliminary offer document has given his written consent to being named, and a statement of such consent appears in the preliminary offer document. (c) Where the preliminary offer document contains a statement purporting to be made by, or based on a statement made by, an expert, the expert has given his written consent to the issue of such statement, and a statement of his consent appears in the preliminary offer document. (d) The written consents referred to in paragraphs 1(a), (b) and (c) above have been lodged with the Exchange. (e) The preliminary offer document has been signed in accordance with section 240(4A) of the SFA. (f) The issuers undertaking not to make an exempt offer made under Regulation 10 of the Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments) (Shares and Debentures) Regulations 2005 has been submitted to the Exchange. 2. The indicative range of the issue price for the offer is:

Dated: _________________

Signed on behalf of sponsor: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing)

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PART II: CONFIRMATION (REGISTRATION)

Please provide the following statements of confirmation where applicable. 1. We confirm that: (a) We have given and not withdrawn our written consent to being named as sponsor and issue manager in the offer document, and a statement that we have given and not withdrawn our consent appears in the offer document. (b) Each issue manager and underwriter named in the preliminary offer document has given and not withdrawn his written consent to being named, and a statement that he has given and not withdrawn his consent appears in the offer document. (c) Where the offer document contains a statement purporting to be made by, or based on a statement made by, an expert, the expert has given and not withdrawn his written consent to the issue of such statement, and a statement that he has given and not withdrawn his consent appears in the offer document. (d) The written consents referred to in paragraphs 1(a), (b) and (c) above have been lodged with the Exchange. (e) The offer document has been signed in accordance with section 240(4A) of the SFA. 2. We confirm that, to the best of our knowledge and belief, having made reasonable due diligence enquiries and considered all relevant matters under the Rules in relation to this application for listing: (a) All applicable requirements of the Rules are met (except as waived by the Exchange in writing). (b) We are satisfied that the listing applicant is suitable for listing on Catalist. (c) The offer document contains all information required by the relevant laws and regulations.

(d) There are no other matters known to us that should be taken into account except ____________ (if none, write nil). (e) No material information has changed from the preliminary offer document except ___________ (if no change, write nil. If any changes, identify the attachment with the changes marked.). (f) The listing applicant has all the requisite approvals, and is in compliance with all laws and regulations, that materially affect its business operations. (g) The listing applicant has established adequate procedures, systems and controls (including accounting and management systems) to meet its obligations under the Rules. (h) The directors of the listing applicant have received adequate advice and guidance from us (and other appropriate professional advisers) on their legal and regulatory obligations as an issuer on Catalist. (i) All documents required by the Rules are included with this listing confirmation. (j) We complied with the SIBA Due Diligence Guidelines or _____________ (such other satisfactory and no less strict due diligence guidelines or processes).

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(k) We are independent from the listing applicant/issuer and are able to demonstrate it to the Exchange, if required. (l) We hold a full mandate to undertake the relevant sponsorship activities for the listing applicant for at least three years. 3. In relation to paragraph 2(k) of the above declaration, we disclose the following. (a) *We/our partners, directors, employees/associates of such partners, directors and employees, either individually or collectively, *have/do not have, or may as a result of the listing or a 1 transaction *have/not have, any interest in any class of securities of the listing applicant above 5% of the total issued securities. Details of such interest (if any) are as follows: . (b) Our *partners, directors, employees/associates of such partners, directors and employees involved in providing advice to the listing applicant/issuer *have/do not have a directorship in . the listing applicant. Details of such directorship (if any) are as follows:

*Delete where not applicable.

Dated: _________________

Signed on behalf of sponsor: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing)

PART III: CONFIRMATION (AFTER ALLOTMENT)

Please provide the following statements of confirmation where applicable. 1. We confirm that: (a) The securities to be quoted are eligible for deposit with CDP. (b) All share certificates have been issued and despatched (if applicable). (c) A copy of the return of allotment has been duly filed with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). (d) Any allocation and allotment of securities pursuant to a placement has been made in compliance with Rule 425. (e) Rules 428 and 429 have been complied with. (f) The distribution (after allotment if applicable) of the applicants securities is not expected to result in a disorderly market when trading begins. (g) The number of shareholders is _____________ and the percentage of issued share capital held in public hands is ________ %. (h) The following details in respect of moratorium shares are attached to this confirmation:
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(i) (ii) (iii)

the name of the registered shareholder (and beneficial shareholder if different); the share certificate number and number of shares represented; the endorsement on the share certificate; and

2. No further information relevant to the listing application should be advised to the Exchange.

* Delete where not applicable.

Dated: _________________ Signed on behalf of sponsor: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing)

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APPENDIX 4C ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION


Cross-referenced from Rule 406(8)

The Articles of Association and other constituent documents of an issuer must contain the provisions set out below. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Exchange grant an exemption from compliance with any of the provisions. 1. Capital (a) The total number of issued preference shares shall not exceed the total number of issued ordinary shares issued at any time. (b) The rights attaching to shares of a class other than ordinary shares must be expressed. (c) Whether the company has power to issue further preference capital ranking equally with, or in priority to preference shares already issued must be expressed. (d) Preference shareholders must have the same rights as ordinary shareholders as regards receiving notices, reports and balance sheets, and attending general meetings of the issuer. Preference shareholders must also have the right to vote at any meeting convened for the purpose of reducing the capital, or winding up, or sanctioning a sale of the undertaking of the issuer, or where the proposition to be submitted to the meeting directly affects their rights and privileges, or when the dividend on the preference shares is in arrear for more than six months. (e) Subject to any direction to the contrary that may be given by the company in the general meeting or except as permitted under the Exchange's listing rules, all new shares shall, before issue, be offered to such persons who as at the date of the offer are entitled to receive notices from the company of general meetings in proportion, as far as circumstances admit, to the amount of the existing shares to which they are entitled. The offer shall be made by notice specifying the number of shares offered, and limiting a time within which the offer, if not accepted, will be deemed to be declined. After the expiration of the aforesaid time or on the receipt of an intimation from the person to whom the offer is made that he declines to accept the shares offered, the directors may dispose of those shares in a manner as they think most beneficial to the company. The directors may likewise dispose of any new shares which (by reason of the ratio which the new shares bear to shares held by persons entitled to an offer of new shares) cannot, in the opinion of the directors, be conveniently offered under this provision. (f) Subject to the provisions of the Companies Act, if any share certificates shall be defaced, worn-out, destroyed, lost or stolen, it may be renewed on such evidence being produced and a letter of indemnity (if required) being given by the shareholder, transferee, person entitled, purchaser, member company of the Exchange or on behalf of its/their client(s) as the directors of the company shall require, and in the case of defacement or wearing out, on delivery of the old certificate and in any case on payment of such sum not exceeding two dollars as the directors may from time to time require. In the case of destruction, loss or theft, a shareholder or person entitled to whom such renewed certificate is given shall also bear the loss and pay to the company all expenses incidental to the investigations by the company of the evidence of such destruction or loss. 2. Certificate (a) Every member shall be entitled to receive share certificates in reasonable denominations for his holding and where a charge is made for certificates, such charge shall not exceed two dollars.

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3. Forfeiture And Lien (a) The company's lien on shares and dividends from time to time declared in respect of such shares, shall be restricted to unpaid calls and instalments upon the specific shares in respect of which such monies are due and unpaid , and to such amounts as the company may be called upon by law to pay in respect of the shares of the member or deceased member. (b) If any shares are forfeited and sold, any residue after the satisfaction of the unpaid calls and accrued interest and expenses, shall be paid to the person whose shares have been forfeited, or his executors, administrators or assignees or as he directs. 4. Transfer And Transmission (a) The company will accept for registration a transfer in the form approved by the Exchange. (b) Any fee charged on the transfer of securities shall not exceed two dollars per transfer. (c) There shall be no restriction on the transfer of fully paid securities except where required by law or by the Rules, Bye-Laws or Listing Rules of the Exchange. (d) Any articles which entitle a company to refuse to register more than three persons as joint holders of a share must be expressed to exclude the case of executors or trustees of a deceased shareholder. 5. Modification Of Rights (a) The repayment of preference capital other than redeemable preference capital, or any alteration of preference shareholders' rights, may only be made pursuant to a special resolution of the preference shareholders concerned, provided always that where the necessary majority for such a special resolution is not obtained at the meeting, consent in writing if obtained from the holders of three-fourths of the preference shares concerned within two months of the meeting, shall be as valid and effectual as a special resolution carried at the meeting. 6. Borrowing Powers (a) The scope of the borrowing powers of the board of directors shall be expressed. 7. Meetings (a) The notices convening meetings shall specify the place, day and hour of the meeting, and shall be given to all shareholders at least fourteen days before the meeting. Where notices contain special resolutions, they must be given to shareholders at least twenty-one days before the meeting. Any notice of a meeting called to consider special business shall be accompanied by a statement regarding the effect of any proposed resolutions in respect of such businesses. At least fourteen days' notice of every such meeting shall be given by advertisement in the daily press and in writing to each stock exchange on which the company is listed. 8. Voting And Proxies (a) A holder of ordinary shares shall be entitled to be present and to vote at any general meeting in respect of any share or shares upon which all calls due to the company have been paid. (b) In the case of joint holders of shares, any one of such persons may vote, but if more than one of such persons is present at a meeting, the person whose name stands first on the Register of Members shall alone be entitled to vote.

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(c) A proxy need not be a member of the company. (d) An instrument of proxy shall be deemed to confer authority to demand or join in demanding a poll. (e) A proxy shall be entitled to vote on a show of hands on any matter at any general meeting. 9. Directors (a) All the directors of the company shall be natural persons. (b) Where provision is made for the directors to appoint a person as a director either to fill a casual vacancy, or as an addition to the board, any director so appointed shall hold office only until the next annual general meeting of the company, and shall then be eligible for reelection. (c) Fees payable to non-executive directors shall be by a fixed sum, and not by a commission on or a percentage of profits or turnover. Salaries payable to executive directors may not include a commission on or a percentage of turnover. (d) Fees payable to directors shall not be increased except pursuant to a resolution passed at a general meeting, where notice of the proposed increase has been given in the notice convening the meeting. (e) A director shall not vote in regard to any contract or proposed contract or arrangement in which he has directly or indirectly a personal material interest. (f) The office of a director shall become vacant should he become of unsound mind or bankrupt during his term of office. (g) A person who is not a retiring director shall be eligible for election to office of director at any general meeting if some member intending to propose him has, at least eleven clear days before the meeting, left at the office of the company a notice in writing duly signed by the nominee, giving his consent to the nomination and signifying his candidature for the office, or the intention of such member to propose him. In the case of a person recommended by the directors for election, nine clear days' notice only shall be necessary. Notice of each and every candidature for election to the board of directors shall be served on the registered holders of shares at least seven days prior to the meeting at which the election is to take place. (h) Where a managing director or a person holding an equivalent position is appointed for a fixed term, the term shall not exceed five years. (i) A managing director or a person holding an equivalent position shall be subject to the control of the board. (j) The continuing directors may act notwithstanding any vacancy in the board, provided that if their number is reduced below the minimum number fixed by or pursuant to the regulations of the company, the continuing directors may, except in an emergency, act only for the purpose of increasing the number of directors to such minimum number, or to summon a general meeting of the company. (k) A director may appoint a person approved by a majority of his co-directors to act as his alternate, provided that any fee paid by the company to the alternate shall be deducted from that director's remuneration. No director may act as an alternate director of the company. A person may not act as an alternate director for more than one director of the company.

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(l) Where two directors form a quorum, the chairman of a meeting at which only such a quorum is present, or at which only two directors are competent to vote on the matter at issue, shall not have a casting vote. 10. Accounts (a) The interval between the close of an issuers financial year and the date of its annual general meeting (if any) shall not exceed four months. 11. Winding Up

(a) The basis on which shareholders would participate in a distribution of assets on a winding
up shall be expressed.

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APPENDIX 4D TRANSFER CONFIRMATION BY SPONSOR


Cross referenced from Rule 410(2)

We __________________________, sponsor of _______________________ (SGX Main Board issuer applying for transfer) notify the Exchange that the issuer may be transferred to Catalist and the following securities quoted: ____________________________ (details of securities) We confirm: 1. Having made reasonable due diligence enquiries and having considered all relevant matters as required by the Rules for sponsors, we are satisfied that the issuer is suitable to be listed on Catalist. 2. The requirements in Rule 410 have been complied with. 3. There are no other matters known to us that should be taken into account except ____________ (if none, write nil). 4. We are not aware of any material information which has yet to be announced. 5. We hold a full mandate to undertake continuing activities for the issuer. 6. The directors of the issuer have been informed of their obligations under the Rules and relevant Singapore laws and regulations. 7. The issuer has all the requisite approvals, and is in compliance with all laws and regulations, that materially affect its business operations. 8. The number of shareholders is _____________ and the percentage of issued share capital held in public hands is ________ %. 9. No further information relevant to the transfer should be advised to the Exchange.

* Delete where not applicable.

Dated: _________________ Signed on behalf of sponsor: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing)

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APPENDIX 4E APPLICANTS LISTING AGREEMENT


Cross-referenced from Appendix 4F and Rule 410(3)

For *initial public offerings / very substantial acquisitions / reverse takeovers / transfers from SGX Main Board to Catalist: We, ........................................................................... (listing applicant/enlarged group), in consideration of Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX) admitting us to the Official List of Catalist and quoting our securities, agree to the following. Agreement 1. We agree: (a) that the listing and quotation of our securities, or refusal, suspension or removal thereof, is in SGXs absolute discretion. SGX may admit or quote on any conditions it decides. SGX is not obliged to give reasons; (b) to comply with the Rules if admitted (as amended from time to time); (c) that the Rules may be modified or waived by the Exchange in its discretion; (d) that SGX may enforce any action, disciplinary or otherwise, under the Rules; (e) that SGX may make public any action taken and the reasons as set out in the Rules; (f) that SGX may contact any organisation (regulatory or professional) regarding the proposed listing and quotation of our securities, and may give them and receive from them any information or documents considered by SGX or that organisation to be relevant; (g) to pay all fees when due; (h) to accept as final, binding & conclusive any decision made by SGX; (i) to pay all costs required by SGX; (j) to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Singapore; and (k) that the proper law of this agreement is Singapore law. Warranty 2. We warrant to SGX that: (a) there is no reason not disclosed to our sponsor why our securities should not be listed and quoted on Catalist; and (b) the information and documents provided to our sponsor, or provided to SGX as requested, are complete and accurate. Indemnity 3. We indemnify SGX and its staff, agents and delegates to the fullest extent permitted by law in respect of any claim, action, other civil liability, or expense arising from or connected with:

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(a) anything done or omitted to be done with reasonable care and in good faith in the course of, or in connection with, the discharge or purported discharge of their obligations under the law or the Rules; (b) any breach of the above warranties; or (c) any breach of our agreement.

Dated: _________________________________ Proper execution by applicant (eg. seal) _____________________________________________ Signed by . (name and position) pursuant to authority granted by resolution of the Board on .................. (date)

* Delete where not applicable.

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APPENDIX 4F STEPS IN THE INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING / VERY SUBSTANTIAL ACQUISITION / REVERSE TAKEOVER PROCESS
Cross-referenced from Rules 431 and 1015(5)

The steps in the initial public offering/very substantial acquisition/reverse takeover process and the documents to be lodged with, or submitted by the sponsor to, the Exchange are as follows.

PART I: INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

The usual timeline for an initial public offering is indicated in the far right column. In a particular case, the Exchange may change the timeline. Requirements for lodgement of documents are set out in Practice Note 4B. Steps Pre-admission Activity Sponsor submits to the Exchange (Listings Department): 1. The pre-admission notification as described in Appendix 4A. 2. The requisite listing fee. Lodgement of preliminary offer document 1. Sponsor lodges on behalf of the issuer, the preliminary offer document with the Exchange (Catalist Regulation) for posting on the SGX website, www.sgxcatalist.com. The preliminary offer document will be exposed for public comment for a minimum period of 14 calendar days, unless extended by the Exchange. The period cannot be shortened. 2. Sponsor submits Part I of the listing confirmation in Appendix 4B, the undertaking by the issuer not to make an exempt offer (Rule 406(11)) and the required written consents (Rule 406(12)). 3. The sponsor may, on behalf of the issuer, lodge an amendment to the offer document under section 240(9A) of the SFA with the Exchange acting as agent of the Authority. The public comment period may commence again at the Exchanges discretion. Registration of offer document 1. Sponsor submits to the Exchange (Catalist Regulation) Part II of the listing confirmation in Appendix 4B, the required written consents (Rule 406(12)) and the Applicants Listing Agreement in Appendix 4E, with requisite attachments. 2. The Exchange issues a registration notice and posts the marked-up and clean copies of the offer document on the SGX website, www.sgxcatalist.com. 3. This must be at least 4 market days before trading begins. Registration day Registration day minus 15 calendar days Usual Timeline Registration day minus 29 calendar days

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Steps

Activity 4. If, after registration, a replacement or supplementary offer document is required, the replacement or supplementary offer document must be lodged with the Exchange (Catalist Regulation) and the offer must be kept open for at least 14 days.

Usual Timeline

Offer

1. The applicant invites applications to subscribe for or purchase the securities. 2. The offer must be kept open for at least 2 market days. 3. After the offer closes, the applicant announces the outcome of the offer, and where appropriate, the level of subscription and the basis of allocation and allotment, and the subscription rate reflecting the true level of demand for the offer. In computing the subscription rate, subscriptions by connected persons and the persons mentioned in Rule 428 must be excluded.

Offer period

Confirmation of allotment

Sponsor submits to the Exchange (Catalist Regulation): 1. The information in Part III of the listing confirmation in Appendix 4B. 2. A list of the directors and substantial shareholders and their respective shareholdings.

Trading day minus 1 market day

Listing

Trading begins

Trading day

PART II: VERY SUBSTANTIAL ACQUISITION/REVERSE TAKEOVER

Steps Pre-admission

Activity 1. Sponsor submits to the Exchange (Listings Department) the pre-admission notification as described in Appendix 4A at least 14 calendar days before lodgement of the shareholders circular and requisite listings fee. 2. Sponsor submits to the Exchange (Catalist Regulation) a draft shareholders circular.

Lodgement of shareholders circular

1. Sponsor lodges shareholders circular with the Exchange (Catalist Regulation) for posting on the SGX website at least 14 calendar days before the shareholders meeting. Sponsor submits Part I of the listing confirmation in Appendix 10A. The shareholders circular will be exposed for public comment for a minimum period of 14 calendar days, unless extended by the Exchange. The period cannot be shortened. 2. Sponsor submits to the Exchange (Catalist Regulation) Part II of the listing confirmation in Appendix 10A (where applicable), and Appendix 4E, with requisite attachments. 3. If there is a change in the sponsor for the enlarged group, sponsor submits

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Steps

Activity Appendix 2C.

Issue of listing and quotation notice Confirmation of allotment Listing and quotation

The Exchange issues a listing and quotation notice (where applicable) upon the lodgement of the shareholders circular.

Sponsor submits to the Exchange (Catalist Regulation) the information in Part III of the listing confirmation in Appendix 10A (where applicable). Listing and quotation of the enlarged group (where applicable).

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APPENDIX 7A CORPORATE DISCLOSURE POLICY


Cross-referenced from Rule 703(4)

PART I: INTRODUCTION

1. This Appendix sets out the Exchanges corporate disclosure policy. 2. Rule 703(4)(a) obligates an issuer to provide timely disclosure of material information in accordance with this policy. The Exchange regards disclosure as fundamentally important to the operation of a fair, orderly and transparent market for the trading of securities. 3. It is the sponsors responsibility to advise the issuer on timely and adequate disclosure of material information.

PART II: ISSUERS OBLIGATIONS UNDER RULE 703

4. Under Rule 703, an issuer must disclose information: (a) Necessary to avoid the establishment of a false market in its securities. A false market may exist if information is not made available that would, or would be likely to, influence persons who commonly invest in securities in deciding whether or not to subscribe for, or buy or sell the securities. For this reason, an issuer may be required to clarify or confirm a rumour (see Clarification or Confirmation of Rumours or Reports below). (b) That would be likely to have a material effect on the price or value of securities of that issuer. 5. Material information includes information, known to the issuer, concerning the issuer's property, assets, business, financial condition and prospects; mergers and acquisitions; and dealings with employees, suppliers and customers; material contracts or development projects, whether entered into in the ordinary course of business or otherwise; as well as information concerning a significant change in ownership of the issuer's securities owned by insiders, or a change in effective or voting control of the issuer, and any developments that affect materially the present or potential rights or interests of the issuer's shareholders. 6. The fact that information is generally available is not a reason for failing to disclose under Rule 703. For example, if an issuer releases material information to the media but did not announce it to the market via SGXNET, the issuer is in breach of Rule 703. Rule 702 requires an issuer to make announcements via SGXNET, unless specified otherwise. 7. It is the responsibility of each issuer to disclose material information in its possession as required by the listing rules. 8. Information must not be divulged to any person (outside of the issuer and its advisers) in such a way as to place in a privileged dealing position any person. Information must not be released in such a way that transactions in the issuers listed securities (whether on market or off market) may be entered into at prices which do not reflect the latest publicly available information. Some events requiring disclosure under Rule 703 9. Under Rule 703, the following events, while not comprising a complete list of all the situations which may require disclosure, are likely to require immediate disclosure:-

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(a) a joint venture, merger or acquisition; (b) the declaration or omission of dividends or the determination of earnings; (c) firm evidence of significant improvement or deterioration in near-term earnings prospects; (d) a subdivision of shares or stock dividends; (e) the acquisition or loss of a significant contract; (f) the purchase or sale of a significant asset; (g) a significant new product or discovery; (h) the public or private sale of a significant amount of additional securities of the issuer; (i) a change in effective control or a significant change in management; (j) a call of securities for redemption; (k) the borrowing of a significant amount of funds; (l) occurrence of an event of default under debt or other securities or financing or sale agreements; (m) significant litigation; (n) a significant change in capital investment plans. Examples include building of factories, increasing plant and machinery, and increasing production lines; (o) a significant dispute or disputes with sub-contractors, customers or suppliers, or with any parties; (p) a tender offer for another company's securities; (q) a valuation of the real assets of the group that has a significant impact on the groups financial position and/or performance. A copy of the valuation report must be made available for inspection at the issuers registered office during normal business hours for 3 months from the date of the announcement; (r) if its sponsor will cease or ceases to sponsor it for any reason, stating the reasons and effective date of such cessation; and (s) the appointment of a new sponsor.

PART III: EXCEPTION TO RULE 703

10. Rule 703 includes two exceptions from the requirement to make immediate disclosure. One allows information not to be disclosed if to do so breaches the law (Rule 703(2)). The other allows an issuer to temporarily refrain from publicly disclosing particular information, provided that the information is of a certain type, a reasonable person would not expect it to be disclosed, and the information is kept confidential (Rule 703(3)). 11. An issuer can rely on the exception under Rule 703(3) while each of the three conditions is satisfied. Should any of the conditions cease to be satisfied, the exception will similarly cease to be available, and the issuer must disclose the information immediately. The three conditions are:

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Condition 1: A reasonable person would not expect the information to be disclosed (a) A reasonable person would not expect information to be disclosed if such disclosure would prejudice the ability of the issuer to pursue its corporate objective. Also, a reasonable person would not expect the disclosure of an inordinate amount of detail. (b) If conditions 2 and 3 are satisfied but a reasonable person would expect the information to be disclosed, the exception is not available. In considering if this condition is satisfied, the Exchange will balance the needs of the market and the interests of the issuer while having regard to the principle on which the listing rule is based. Condition 2: The information is confidential Generally, information may be regarded as confidential if the issuer has control of the use that can be made of the information. Confidentiality also means that no one in possession of the information is entitled to trade in that issuers listed securities. In this regard, unusual activity in the issuers securities may suggest that the information is no longer confidential. If so, this condition is not met. (See also Confidentiality) Condition 3: The information is of the type in one of the listed categories. If the information is not of the type in one of the listed categories, or if it loses that character, then the condition is not satisfied.

PART IV: EXAMPLES OF THE OPERATION OF RULE 703

12. The following examples explain in more detail the operation of Rule 703. They illustrate the general principles only and do not affect the operation of the listing rule. (a) Example (1): Information concerning an incomplete proposal or negotiation In the course of a successful negotiation for the acquisition of another company, for example, the only information known to each party at the outset may be the willingness of the other to hold discussions. Shortly thereafter, it may become apparent to the parties that it is likely an agreement can be reached. Finally, agreement in-principle may be reached on specific terms. In such circumstances, an issuer need not issue a public announcement at each stage of the negotiations, describing the current state of constantly changing facts but may await agreement in-principle on specific terms. If, on the other hand, progress in the negotiations should stabilise at some other point, disclosure should then be made if the information is material. (b) Example (2): Information generated for internal management purposes Disclosure of an issuer's internal estimates or projections of its earnings or of other data relating to its affairs is not necessary. If such estimates or projections are released, they should be prepared carefully, be soundly based and should be realistic. The estimates or projections should be qualified, if necessary, to ensure that they are properly understood. Should subsequent developments indicate that performance will not match earlier estimates or projections, this too should be reported promptly and the variances adequately explained.

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PART V: CONFIDENTIALITY

13. Where an issuer relies on Rule 703(3) to temporarily withhold material information, the strictest confidentiality must be maintained. Access to the information should be restricted, to the extent possible, to the highest possible levels of management and should be disclosed to officers, employees and others only on a need-to-know basis. Distribution of paperwork and other data should be kept to a minimum. The issuer should establish clear protocols with its sponsor about who within the sponsor will receive and advise on company information. 14. It may be appropriate to require each person who gains access to the information to report to the issuer, any transaction which he effects in the issuer's securities. 15. During this period, both the issuer and its sponsor should keep a close watch on the trading activity of the issuers securities. The sponsor should be prepared to advise the issuer to make an immediate public announcement if necessary, and the issuer should be prepared to make an immediate public announcement if necessary.

PART VI: CLARIFICATION OR CONFIRMATION OF RUMOURS OR REPORTS

16. Public circulation of information, whether by an article published in a newspaper, by a broker's market letter, or by word-of-mouth, either correct or false, which has not been substantiated by the issuer and which is likely to have, or has had, an effect on the price of the issuer's listed securities or would be likely to have a bearing on investment decisions must be clarified or confirmed promptly. 17. If rumours indicate that material information has been leaked, a frank and explicit announcement is required. If rumours are in fact false or inaccurate, they should be promptly denied or clarified. A statement to the effect that the issuer knows of no corporate developments that could account for the unusual market activity can have a salutary effect. In addition, a reasonable effort should be made to bring the announcement to the attention of the party that initially distributed the information (in the case of an erroneous newspaper article, for example, by sending a copy of the announcement to the newspaper's financial editor, or in the case of an erroneous market letter, by sending a copy to the broker responsible for the letter). If rumours are correct or there are developments, an immediate statement to the public as to the state of negotiations or corporate plans in the rumoured area must be made. Such statements are essential despite the business inconvenience which may result, even if the matter had yet to be presented to the issuer's board of directors for consideration. 18. In the case of a rumour or report predicting future sales, earnings or other data, no response from the issuer is ordinarily required. However, the issuer must make a prompt announcement so that the market remains properly informed if the rumour or report is materially incorrect and may mislead investors, or is specific enough to suggest that information came from an inside source, or the market moves in a way that appears to be referable to the rumour or report.

PART VII: UNUSUAL TRADING ACTIVITY

19. It is the duty of an issuer to request for the trading halt or suspension if the need arises. In support of the issuer, it is the sponsors responsibility to monitor trading activity in the issuers securities and advise the issuer if a trading halt or suspension is warranted.

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20. Where unusual trading activity in an issuer's securities occurs without any apparent publicly available information which could account for the activity, it may signify trading by persons who are acting on unannounced material information or on a rumour or report, whether true or false. Unusual market activity may not be traceable either to insider trading or to a rumour or report. Nevertheless, the market activity itself may be misleading to investors, who may assume that a sudden and appreciable change in the price of the issuer's securities reflects a corresponding change in its business or prospects. 21. Similarly, unusual trading volume, even when not accompanied by a significant change in price, tends to encourage rumours and give rise to excessive speculative trading activity which may be unrelated to actual developments in the issuer's affairs. 22. In such situations, the issuer, in consultation with its sponsor, should undertake a review to seek the causes of the unusual trading activity in its securities and take appropriate steps, including making announcements where necessary. The issuer should consider whether any information about its affairs, which would account for the activity, has recently been publicly disclosed, whether there is any material information that has not been publicly disclosed (in which case, the unusual trading activity may signify that a "leak" has occurred), and whether the issuer is the subject of a rumour or report. The issuer and its sponsor should respond promptly to any enquiries made by the Exchange concerning the unusual trading activity and may be guided by the following: (a) If the issuer determines that the unusual trading activity results from material information that has been publicly disseminated via SGXNET, generally no further announcement is required. However, if the market activity indicates that such information may have been misinterpreted, it may be helpful, after discussion with the sponsor and the Exchange, to issue an announcement to clarify the matter; (b) If the unusual trading activity results from the "leak" of material information, the information in question must be announced promptly. If the unusual trading activity results from a false rumour or report, the Exchange's policy on correction of such rumours and reports, (discussed in Clarification or Confirmation of Rumours or Reports) should be observed; and (c) If the issuer is unable to determine the cause of the unusual trading activity, the Exchange may suggest that the issuer makes a public announcement to the effect that there have been no undisclosed recent developments affecting the issuer or its affairs which would account for the unusual trading activity.

PART VIII: POLICY ON THOROUGH PUBLIC DISSEMINATION

23. Material information must be disclosed when it arises, even if during trading hours. The Exchange will expect the issuer to request a trading halt to facilitate the dissemination of the material information during trading hours. As a guide, a trading halt requested for dissemination of material information will last thirty minutes after the release of the material information, or such other period as the Exchange considers it appropriate. The issuer may request a temporary suspension if it is unable to release the material information by the end of the trading halt. Otherwise, the Exchange will consider whether a temporary suspension in trading of the issuer's securities is necessary to enable the material information to be properly disseminated. As a guide, the temporary suspension may last an hour after the announcement has been released to the Exchange. 24. Public disclosure of material information must be made by an announcement released to the Exchange via SGXNET. To facilitate the dissemination of information, copies of the announcement may be provided simultaneously to newspapers and newswire services.

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25. The Exchange recommends that issuers observe an "open door" policy in dealing with analysts, journalists, stockholders and others. However, under no circumstances should disclosure of material information be made on an individual or selective basis to analysts, stockholders, or other persons unless such information has previously been fully disclosed and disseminated to the public. If material information is inadvertently disclosed at meetings with analysts or others, it must be publicly disseminated as promptly as possible by the means described in this Part. 26. The Exchange recognizes that there may be limited instances where selective disclosure is necessary. One example is the pursuit of the issuers business or corporate objectives, such as when the issuer is undertaking a major corporate exercise. Another example is due diligence when the issuer is the subject of an acquisition. In these circumstances, selective disclosure may be required to facilitate the exercise. However, such disclosure should be made on a need to know basis and subject to appropriate confidentiality restraints.

PART IX: CONTENT AND PREPARATION OF PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

27. The content of a press release or other public announcement is as important as its timing. Each announcement should: (a) be factual, clear and succinct; (b) contain sufficient quantitative information to allow investors to evaluate its relative importance to the activities of the issuer; (c) be balanced and fair. Thus, the announcement should avoid: (i) omission of important unfavourable facts, or the slighting of such facts (for example by "burying" them at the end of a press release); (ii) presentation of favourable possibilities as certain, or as more probable than is actually the case; (iii) presentation of projections without sufficient qualification or without sufficient factual basis; (iv) negative statements phrased to create a positive implication, for example, "The company cannot now predict whether the development will have a materially favourable effect on its earnings," (implying that the effect will be favourable even if not materially favourable), or "The company expects that the development will not have a materially favourable effect on earnings in the immediate future," (implying that the development will eventually have a materially favourable effect); and (v) use of promotional jargon calculated to excite rather than to inform; (d) avoid over-technical language, and should be expressed to the extent possible in language comprehensible to the layman; (e) explain the consequences or effects of the information on the issuer's future prospects. If the consequences or effects cannot be assessed, explain why; and (f) include the statement in Rule 752(2). 28. The following guidelines for the preparation of press releases and other public announcements should help issuers ensure that the content of such announcements meet the principles discussed in paragraph 27:

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(a) Every announcement should be prepared or reviewed by (i) an official of the issuer familiar with the matters to be disclosed, and (ii) an official of the issuer familiar with the requirements of the Exchange and any applicable requirements of securities laws. Every announcement should be reviewed by the issuers sponsor. (b) Since skill and experience are important to the preparation and editing of accurate, fair and balanced public announcements, the Exchange recommends that a limited group of individuals within the issuer be given this assignment on a continuing basis. (c) Review of press releases and other public announcements by legal counsel is often desirable or necessary, depending on the importance and complexity of the announcement.

PART X: POLICY ON INSIDER TRADING

29. Issuers and parties who may be regarded as insiders should be fully aware of the provisions in any applicable legislation on insider trading. 30. Persons who come into possession of material information, before its public release, are considered insiders for the purposes of the Exchange's corporate disclosure policies. Such persons include sponsors, substantial shareholders, directors, executive officers and other employees, and frequently also include the issuer's lawyers, accountants, bankers, investment bankers, public relations consultants, advertising agencies, consultants, valuers and other third parties. The associates (as defined in Definitions and Interpretation) of, and those under the control of, insiders may also be regarded as insiders. Where an issuer is involved in the negotiation of an acquisition or transaction, the other parties to the negotiation may also be regarded as insiders. 31. Issuers should make insiders (and others who have access to material information on the issuer before it is publicly disclosed) aware that trading in the issuer's securities while in possession of undisclosed material information or tipping such information is an offence under Singapore's securities laws and may also give rise to civil liability. Issuers are advised to refer to the Best Practices Guide which provides guidance on the principles and best practices with regard to dealings by the directors and employees of the issuers in their respective issuers securities. 32. Issuers should establish, publish and enforce effective procedures applicable to the purchase and sale of the securities of the issuer and listed members of its group by officers, directors, employees and other insiders. The procedures should be designed not only to prevent improper trading, but also to avoid any question of the propriety of insider purchases or sales.

PART XI: ROLE OF MARKET SURVEILLANCE

33. An issuer and its sponsor should monitor the trading in the issuers securities to detect any unusual trading activity. Where such unusual trading activity is observed, issuers should note Part VII above. The Exchange also monitors trading of listed securities. Where there is unusual trading activity in a listed security, and it appears to the Exchange that the unusual trading activity cannot be explained by known factors, the Exchange may require the issuer to make an announcement. The announcement should, inter alia, state whether the issuer and its directors are aware of the reasons for the unusual trading activity and whether there is any material information which has not been publicly disclosed. If the issuer or its directors are aware of any matters concerning the substantial shareholders that may account for the unusual trading activity, they must take this into consideration when responding to any query by the Exchange.

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APPENDIX 7B NOTICE OF SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDERS AND DIRECTORS INTERESTS AND CHANGES IN INTERESTS
Cross-referenced from Rule 704(3) NOTE: This form is for the purpose of Listing Rule 704(3). Completion of this form does not necessarily mean that Section 83 of the Companies Act has been complied with.

PART I [Please complete this Part] 1. Date of notice to issuer: 2. Name of Director or Substantial Shareholder: 3. Please tick one or more appropriate box(es): Notice of a Directors (including a director who is a substantial shareholder) interest and change in interest. [Please complete Parts II and IV] Notice of a New Substantial Shareholders interest. [Please complete Parts II and IV] Notice of a change in the percentage level of a Substantial Shareholders interest or Cessation of Interest. [Please complete Parts III and IV]

PART II

4. Date of change of interest: 5. Name of Registered Holder: 6. Circumstances giving rise to the interest or the change in interest: 7. Information relating to shares held in the name of the Registered Holder: Number of shares held before the change: As a percentage of issued share capital: Number of shares which are the subject of this notice: As a percentage of the issued share capital: Amount of consideration (excluding brokerage and stamp duties) per share paid or received: Number of shares held after the change: As a percentage of issued share capital:

PART III

8. Date of change of interest: 9. The change in the percentage level: From __% to __%. 10. Circumstances giving rise to the interest or change in interest:

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11. A statement of whether the change in the percentage level is the result of a transaction or a series of transactions:

PART IV

12. Holdings of Substantial Shareholder or Director, including direct and deemed interest: Direct Number of shares held before change: As a percentage of issued share capital: Number of shares held after change: As a percentage of issued share capital: Deemed

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APPENDIX 7C APPOINTMENT OF A RELATIVE OF A DIRECTOR, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, OR SUBSTANTIAL SHAREHOLDER OF AN ISSUER TO A MANAGERIAL POSITION IN THE ISSUER OR ANY OF ITS PRINCIPAL SUBSIDIARIES
Cross-referenced from Rule 704(10)

Name of Issuer: ____________________________________ Date of Announcement: ______________________________

Name

Age

Family relationship with any director and/or substantial shareholder

Current position and duties, and the year the position was first held

Details of changes in duties and position held, if any, during the year

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APPENDIX 7D FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND DIVIDEND ANNOUNCEMENT


Cross-referenced from Rule 705

PART I:

INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR QUARTERLY (Q1, Q2 & Q3), HALF-YEAR AND FULL YEAR ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. In the case of Q1, Q2 and Q3 announcements, issuers may present the following statements in any format provided that the same format is used for each quarter. In the case of half-year and full year announcements, issuers must present the following statements in the form presented in the issuers most recently audited annual financial statements: (a) (i) An income statement (for the group), together with a comparative statement for the corresponding period of the immediately preceding financial year.

(ii) The following items (with appropriate breakdowns and explanations), if significant, must either be included in the income statement or in the notes to the income statement for the current financial period reported on and the corresponding period of the immediately preceding financial year: (A) (B) (C) (D) (E) (F) (G) (H) (I) (J) (K) (L) (b) (i) Investment income Other income including interest income Interest on borrowings Depreciation and amortisation Allowance for doubtful debts and bad debts written off Write-off for stock obsolescence Impairment in value of investments Foreign exchange gain/loss (where applicable) Adjustments for under or overprovision of tax in respect of prior years Profit or loss on sale of investments, properties, and/or plant and equipment Exceptional items Extraordinary items

A balance sheet (for the issuer and group), together with a comparative statement as at the end of the immediately preceding financial year.

(ii) In relation to the aggregate amount of the group's borrowings and debt securities, specify the following as at the end of the current financial period reported on with comparative figures as at the end of the immediately preceding financial year: (A) (B) (C) (D) the amount repayable in one year or less, or on demand; the amount repayable after one year; whether the amounts are secured or unsecured; and details of any collaterals.

(c) A cash flow statement (for the group), together with a comparative statement for the corresponding period of the immediately preceding financial year. (d) (i) A statement (for the issuer and group) showing either (i) all changes in equity or (ii) changes in equity other than those arising from capitalisation issues and distributions to shareholders, together with a comparative statement for the corresponding period of the immediately preceding financial year.

(ii) Details of any changes in the company's share capital arising from rights issue, bonus issue, share buy-backs, exercise of share options or warrants, conversion of other issues

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of equity securities, issue of shares for cash or as consideration for acquisition or for any other purpose since the end of the previous period reported on. State also the number of shares that may be issued on conversion of all the outstanding convertibles, as well as the number of shares held as treasury shares, if any, against the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares of the issuer, as at the end of the current financial period reported on and as at the end of the corresponding period of the immediately preceding financial year. (iii) To show the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares as at the end of the current financial period and as at the end of the immediately preceding year. (iv) A statement showing all sales, transfers, disposals, cancellation and/or use of treasury shares as at the end of the current financial period reported on. 2. Whether the figures have been audited or reviewed, and in accordance with which auditing standard or practice. Where the figures have been audited or reviewed, the auditors report (including any qualifications or emphasis of a matter). Whether the same accounting policies and methods of computation as in the issuers most recently audited annual financial statements have been applied. If there are any changes in the accounting policies and methods of computation, including any required by an accounting standard, what has changed, as well as the reasons for, and the effect of, the change. Earnings per ordinary share of the group for the current financial period reported on and the corresponding period of the immediately preceding financial year, after deducting any provision for preference dividends: (a) based on the weighted average number of ordinary shares on issue; and (b) on a fully diluted basis (detailing any adjustments made to the earnings). 7. Net asset value (for the issuer and group) per ordinary share based on the total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares of the issuer at the end of the: (a) current financial period reported on; and (b) immediately preceding financial year. 8. A review of the performance of the group, to the extent necessary for a reasonable understanding of the groups business. It must include a discussion of the following: (a) any significant factors that affected the turnover, costs, and earnings of the group for the current financial period reported on, including (where applicable) seasonal or cyclical factors; and (b) any material factors that affected the cash flow, working capital, assets or liabilities of the group during the current financial period reported on. 9. Where a forecast, or a prospect statement, has been previously disclosed to shareholders, any variance between it and the actual results.

3.

4.

5.

6.

10. A commentary at the date of the announcement of the significant trends and competitive conditions of the industry in which the group operates and any known factors or events that may affect the group in the next reporting period and the next 12 months. 11. If a decision regarding dividend has been made:

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(a) Whether an interim (final) ordinary dividend has been declared (recommended); and (b) (i) Amount per share ......... cents

(ii) Previous corresponding period ...... cents (c) Whether the dividend is before tax, net of tax or tax exempt. If before tax or net of tax, state the tax rate and the country where the dividend is derived. (If the dividend is not taxable in the hands of shareholders, this must be stated). (d) The date the dividend is payable. (e) The date on which Registrable Transfers received by the company (up to 5.00 pm) will be registered before entitlements to the dividend are determined. 12. If no dividend has been declared (recommended), a statement to that effect.

PART II: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR FULL YEAR ANNOUNCMENT

13. Segmented revenue and results for business or geographical segments (of the group) in the form presented in the issuers most recently audited annual financial statements, with comparative information for the immediately preceding year. 14. In the review of performance, the factors leading to any material changes in contributions to turnover and earnings by the business or geographical segments. 15. A breakdown of sales as follows: Latest Financial Year $'000 Group (a) (b) Sales reported for first half year Operating profit/loss after tax before deducting minority interests reported for first half year Sales reported for second half year Operating profit/loss after tax before deducting minority interests reported for second half year Previous Financial Year $'000 Group Group % increase/ (decrease)

(c) (d)

16. A breakdown of the total annual dividend (in dollar value) for the issuers latest full year and its previous full year as follows:(a) Ordinary (b) Preference (c) Total

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APPENDIX 7E MINIMUM TERMS OF SPONSORSHIP


Cross-referenced from Rule 747(1)

An issuers written contract with a sponsor must include terms to the following effect. The contract may contain any other terms the parties wish to include, provided they do not contradict these terms. 1. Acknowledgement that the terms of sponsorship are intended to enable the sponsor and the issuer to comply fully with the Rules. 2. To meet the issuers obligations under the Rules, the issuer gives the sponsor authority to: (a) peruse all documents or records of the issuer and for this purpose have access to the issuers premises and other places where its records are kept; (b) review all documents to be released by the issuer to shareholders or the market; (c) make all necessary inquiries with the issuers directors, employees, or auditors; (d) contact the Exchange on behalf of the issuer; (e) bind the issuer in dealings with the Exchange; (f) take external professional advice in relation to any matter relevant to the sponsorship; (g) include the sponsors details on any announcements or any documents to be sent to shareholders; and (h) in the case of a conflict for the sponsor, take directions from the Exchange. 3. The sponsorship is exclusive. 4. The sponsorship will not be terminated without notice: (a) by the issuer of at least 1 month (unless otherwise agreed by the Exchange); and (b) by the sponsor of at least 3 months (unless otherwise agreed by the Exchange). 5. The issuer will take all steps, execute all documents, pay all fees, liaise with the sponsor, and do (or procure to be done) all things necessary to comply with the Rules. 6. The sponsor will be available to advise the issuer as necessary in respect of the issuers compliance with the Rules. 7. The issuer must consult the sponsor as necessary in respect of the issuers compliance with the Rules and give due consideration to such advice. 8. Acknowledgement that the sponsor owes duties to the Exchange that it may discharge without liability to the issuer. 9. The sponsor will not take any action or do anything that might result in a breach of a law or the Rules. 10. Any term of the sponsorship that contradicts the requirements of the Rules (including this Appendix) is void and of no effect.

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APPENDIX 7F SUMMARY OF RESERVES AND RESOURCES


Cross-referenced from Rule 705(7), 1204(21) and Practice Note 4C

The following information must be provided for each asset of the issuer:

1.

Summary of Mineral Reserves and Resources

Name of Asset/Country: Category Mineral Type Gross Attributable to licence Tonnes Grade (millions) Net Attributable to Issuer Tonnes (millions) Grade Change from previous update (%) Remarks

Reserves Proved Probable Total Resources Measured Indicated Inferred Total *The Measured and Indicated Resources are additional to the Reserves
*

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2.

Summary of Oil and Gas Reserves and Resources

Name of Asset/Country: Category Gross Attributable to licence (MMbbl / Bcf) Net Attributable to Issuer (MMbbl / Bcf) Change from previous update (%) Remarks

Oil Reserves 1P 2P 3P Total

Natural Gas and Liquids Reserves 1P 2P 3P Total

Contingent Resources Oil 1C 2C 3C Natural Gas and Liquids 1C 2C 3C


1P: Proved 2P: Proved + Probable 3P: Proved + Probable + Possible MMbl : Millions of barrels Bcf : Billions of cubic feet

Name of Qualified Person : Date :

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APPENDIX 8A DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR RIGHTS ISSUES OR BOUGHT DEALS


Cross-referenced from Rule 814

1. Apart from providing the information prescribed by the law, an issuer that is required to comply with the offer information statement requirements in Rule 865, must also provide the information set out in paragraphs 3(b) and, if applicable, (c) below. 2. An issuer that is not required to comply with the offer information statement requirements is required to provide the same disclosures in its offering circular as an issuer that is required to comply with the offer information statement requirements. The issuer is also required to provide the information set out in paragraph (3)(a), (b), (d) and, if applicable, (c) below in its offering circular. 3. The following information must be included in the offer information statement or offering circular, where applicable, OR announced separately before trading of nil-paid rights commences: (a) On the cover page of the offering circular: (i) The statements required in Rule 865(2) in respect of an offer information statement. (ii) A statement that the issuer intends to list the securities which are the subject of the rights issue or bought deal and that acceptance of applications will be conditional upon issue of the securities and SGX-STs listing and quotation notice. (iii) A statement that a listing and quotation notice has been obtained from SGX-ST for listing of new securities arising from the rights issue or bought deal, which will commence after all securities certificates have been issued and the allotment letter from the CDP has been dispatched. (b) Working Capital A review of the working capital for the last three financial years and the latest half year, if applicable. (c) Convertible Securities (i) Where the rights issue or bought deal involves an issue of convertible securities, such as company warrants or convertible debt, the information in Rule 832. (ii) Where the rights issue or bought deal is underwritten and the exercise or conversion price is based on a price-fixing formula, to state that the exercise or conversion price must be fixed and announced before trading of nil-paid rights commences. (d) A statement by the sponsor that, to the best of its knowledge and belief, the document constitutes full and true disclosure of all material facts about the issue, the issuer and its subsidiaries, and that the sponsor is not aware of any facts the omission of which would make any statement in the document misleading; and where the document contains a profit forecast, that it is satisfied that the profit forecast has been stated by the directors after reasonable enquiry.

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APPENDIX 8B CONFIRMATION FOR CORPORATE ACTIONS / ADDITIONAL LISTING


Cross-referenced from Rule 864(1)

We __________________________, sponsor of _______________________ (issuer) notify the Exchange that the issuer *will be undertaking the following corporate action / has the following securities for additional listing: *For corporate action: (details of corporate action) *For additional listing: (details of securities)

The issue is a result of

(insert details)

PART I: CONFIRMATION FOR CORPORATE ACTIONS / ADDITIONAL LISTING

1. We, ____________________, sponsor of _____________________ (issuer), confirm that, to the best of our knowledge and belief, having made reasonable due diligence enquiries and considered all relevant matters under the Rules in relation to this *circular/additional listing application: (a) All applicable requirements of the Rules for issuers and sponsors are met (except as waived by the Exchange in writing). (b) All documents required by the Rules are included with this confirmation. (c) Where applicable, we complied with the SIBA Due Diligence Guidelines or _____________ (such other satisfactory and no less strict due diligence guidelines or processes). 2. We confirm that: (a) We have given written consent to being named as sponsor in the offer information statement, and a statement of such consent appears in the offer information statement. Where we act as issue manager to the offer of securities, we have given written consent to being named as issue manager in the offer information statement. (b) Each issue manager and underwriter named in the offer information statement has given his written consent to being named, and a statement of such consent appears in the offer information statement. (c) Where the offer information statement contains a statement purporting to be made by, or based on a statement made by, an expert, the expert has given his written consent to the issue of such statement, and a statement of his consent appears in the offer information statement. (d) The written consents referred to in paragraphs 2(a), (b) and (c) above have been lodged with the Exchange.

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(e) The offer information statement has been signed in accordance with Regulation 30(4) of the Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments) (Shares and Debentures) Regulations 2005. 3. With regards to an additional listing of securities: (a) We are satisfied that the securities are suitable for additional listing. (b) That in our opinion, the issue of securities does not result in a change of control of the type . under Rule 1015, and the basis for such opinion is 4. The corporate action/additional listing circular contains all information: (a) Required by the relevant laws and regulations. (b) Necessary to allow shareholders to make a properly informed decision. 5. This additional listing confirmation is accompanied by: (a) The listing fee (b) The information required as follows: For exercise of company warrants/ convertible preference shares Appendix 8C For convertible loan stocks/ bonds Appendix 8C For options exercised under an employee share options scheme Appendix 8C

* Delete where not applicable.

Dated: _________________ Signed on behalf of sponsor: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing)

PART II: CONFIRMATION FOR ADDITIONAL LISTING (AFTER ALLOTMENT)

Please provide the following statements of confirmation where applicable. We confirm that: 1. The distribution of the applicants securities after allotment of the additional securities is not expected to result in a disorderly market when trading begins. 2. The additional securities to be quoted are eligible for deposit with CDP. 3. All share certificates have been issued and despatched (if applicable). 4. A copy of the return of allotment has been duly filed with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA).

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5. The new shares *do/do not rank pari passu in all respects with the existing shares of the Company.

* Delete where not applicable.

Dated: _________________ Signed on behalf of sponsor: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing)

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APPENDIX 8C
NOTIFICATION FOR LISTING OF SECURITIES ARISING FROM EXERCISE OF COMPANY WARRANTS / CONVERTIBLE PREFERENCE SHARES / CONVERTIBLE LOAN STOCKS/BONDS / OPTIONS EXERCISED UNDER AN EMPLOYEES SHARE OPTION SCHEME*
Cross-referenced from Rule 864(2) Name of Issuer: __________________________________________________________ Notification for listing of _______________________________________________ additional securities of $___________ each fully paid arising from the exercise of ______________ Company Warrants / Convertible Preference Shares / Convertible Loan Stocks / Bonds / options exercised under the Employees' Share Option Scheme (the "Scheme")*. 1. State how the additional securities rank with existing securities. (If they do not rank pari passu, confirm that the new certificates have been endorsed accordingly, and provide a specimen copy of the endorsed certificate to the Exchange) In respect of each class of securities, provide the following details: : ______________________

2.

Class of security 3.

**We confirm that the: (a) Company Warrants / Convertible Preference Shares* were exercised in compliance with the terms of the Deed Poll dated _____________; or Convertible Loan Stocks / Bonds* were converted in compliance with the terms of the Trust Deed dated _____________; or Attached list of options were granted and exercised in compliance with the terms of the Scheme approved by shareholders at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on _____________. Listing and Quotation Notice in respect of the securities has been issued by the Exchange.

(b)

(c)

(d)

Enclosures: (a) A copy of the Return of Allotment (Form 24) (if any) filed with the ACRA. (b) Confirmation of despatch of Share/Stock Certificates. (c) Cheque for any additional listing fee, if applicable. (d) Listing and Quotation Notice. * ** Delete where not applicable. Complete as applicable.

Dated: ________________ Signed on behalf of issuer: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing) Dated: ________________ Signed on behalf of issuer: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing)

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APPENDIX 8D DAILY SHARE BUY-BACK NOTICE


Cross-referenced from Rule 871

Name of Overseas Exchange if Company has Dual Listing:___________________ (1) Share Buy-Back Authority Maximum number of shares authorised for purchase (2) Details of Purchases Made (a) Purchases made by way of market acquisition Singapore Exchange 1. Date of Purchases 2. (a) Total number of shares purchased (b) Number of shares cancelled (c) Number of shares held as treasury shares 3. (a) Price paid per share or (b) - Highest price per share - Lowest price per share (specify currency) 4. Total consideration (including stamp duties, clearing charges, etc) paid or payable for the shares (b) Purchase made by way of off-market acquisition on equal access scheme Singapore Exchange 1. Date of Purchases 2. (a) Total number of shares purchased or agreed to be purchased (b) Number of shares cancelled (c) Number of shares held as treasury shares 3. Price paid or payable per share (specify currency) 4. Total consideration (including stamp duties, clearing charges, etc) paid or payable for the shares Overseas Exchange Overseas Exchange

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(3)

Cumulative Purchases By way of market acquisition


1

Number Cumulative number of shares purchased to 2 date

By way of Total off-market acquisition on equal access scheme Number % Number %

(4)

Number of issued shares excluding treasury shares after purchase Number of treasury shares held after purchase

Percentage of companys total number of issued shares excluding treasury shares as at the date of the share buy-back resolution. From the date on which the share buy-back mandate is obtained.

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APPENDIX 10A REVERSE TAKEOVER / VERY SUBSTANTIAL ACQUISITION LISTING CONFIRMATION


Cross-referenced from Rule 1015(6)

We __________________________, sponsor of _______________________ (issuer) notify the Exchange that the enlarged group is suitable for continued listing and the following additional securities will be quoted: ____________________________ (details of securities)

PART I: CONFIRMATION (LODGEMENT)

1.

We confirm that, to the best of our knowledge and belief, having made reasonable due diligence enquiries and considered all relevant matters under the Rules in relation to this application for listing: (m) All applicable requirements of the Rules are met (except as waived by the Exchange in writing). (n) We are satisfied that the enlarged group is suitable for listing on Catalist. (o) The *very substantial acquisition/reverse takeover circular contains all information required by the relevant laws and regulations. (p) The very substantial acquisition/reverse takeover circular contains all information necessary to allow shareholders to make a properly informed decision. (q) There are no other matters known to us that should be taken into account except ____________ (if none, write nil). (r) No material information has changed from the *very substantial acquisition/reverse takeover circular except ___________ (if no change, write nil. If any changes, identify the attachment with the changes marked.). (s) The issuer has all the requisite approvals, and is in compliance with all laws and regulations, that materially affect its business operations. (t) The issuer has established adequate procedures, systems and controls (including accounting and management systems) to meet its obligations under the Rules. (u) The directors of the issuer have received adequate advice and guidance from us (and other appropriate professional advisers) on their legal and regulatory obligations as an issuer on Catalist. (v) All documents required by the Rules are included with this listing confirmation. (w) We complied with the SIBA Due Diligence Guidelines or _____________ (such other satisfactory and no less strict due diligence guidelines or processes). (x) We are independent from the issuer and are able to demonstrate it to the Exchange, if required.

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(y) We hold a full mandate to undertake the relevant sponsorship activities for the issuer for at least three years. 2. In relation to paragraph 1(l) of the above declaration, we disclose the following. (c) *We/our partners, directors, employees/associates of such partners, directors and employees, either individually or collectively, *have/do not have, or may as a result of the listing or a 1 transaction *have/not have, any interest in any class of securities of the listing applicant/ issuer/enlarged group above 5% of the total issued securities. Details of such interest (if any) . are as follows: (d) Our *partners, directors, employees/associates of such partners, directors and employees involved in providing advice to the listing applicant/issuer *have/do not have a directorship in the listing applicant/issuer/enlarged group. Details of such directorship (if any) are as follows: . For additional listing of securities: 3. The indicative range of the issue price for the offer is: 4. We confirm that: (c) We have given written consent to being named as sponsor in the offer information statement, and a statement of such consent appears in the offer information statement. Where we act as issue manager to the offer of securities, we have given written consent to being named as issue manager in the offer information statement. (d) Each issue manager and underwriter named in the offer information statement has given his written consent to being named, and a statement of such consent appears in the offer information statement. (e) Where the offer information statement contains a statement purporting to be made by, or based on a statement made by, an expert, the expert has given his written consent to the issue of such statement, and a statement of his consent appears in the offer information statement. (f) The written consents referred to in paragraphs 4(a), (b) and (c) above have been lodged with the Exchange. (g) The offer information statement has been signed in accordance with Regulation 30(4) of the Securities and Futures (Offers of Investments) (Shares and Debentures) Regulations 2005. (h) We are satisfied that the securities are suitable for additional listing. 5. This additional listing confirmation is accompanied by: (a) The listing fee (b) The information required as follows: For exercise of company warrants/ convertible preference shares Appendix 8C For convertible loan stocks/ bonds Appendix 8C .

An interest is a direct or indirect interest and includes options or rights to subscribe for securities.

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For options exercised under an employee share options scheme Appendix 8C

* Delete where not applicable.

Dated: _________________ Signed on behalf of sponsor: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing)

PART II: CONFIRMATION FOR ADDITIONAL LISTING (AFTER ALLOTMENT)

Please provide the following statements of confirmation where applicable. 1. We confirm that: (a) The distribution of the applicants securities after allotment of the additional securities is not expected to result in a disorderly market when trading begins. (b) The additional securities to be quoted are eligible for deposit with CDP. (c) All share certificates have been issued and despatched (if applicable). (d) A copy of the return of allotment has been duly filed with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). (e) The new shares *do/do not rank pari passu in all respects with the existing shares of the Company. (f) The number of shareholders is _____________ and the percentage of issued share capital held in public hands is ________ %. (g) Rules 428 and 429 have been complied with. (h) The following details in respect of moratorium shares are attached to this confirmation: (iv) (v) (vi) the name of the registered shareholder (and beneficial shareholder if different); the share certificate number and number of shares represented; the endorsement on the share certificate.

*Delete where not applicable.

Dated: _________________

Signed on behalf of sponsor: __________________________________ (Name and designation of person signing)

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APPENDIX 14A EXISTING ISSUERS UNDERTAKING


Cross-referenced from Rule 1403(3)

We, ........................................................................... (existing issuer), intend to comply with the Catalist Rules. Agreement 1. We agree: (a) That the listing and quotation of our securities, or refusal, suspension or removal thereof, is in the absolute discretion of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX). SGX may admit or quote on any conditions it decides. SGX is not obliged to give reasons. (b) To comply with the Rules if admitted (as amended from time to time). (c) That the Rules may be modified or waived by SGX in its discretion. (d) That SGX may enforce any action, disciplinary or otherwise, under the Rules. (e) That SGX may make public any action taken and the reasons as set out in the Rules. (f) That SGX may contact any organisation (regulatory or professional) regarding the proposed listing and quotation of our securities, and may give them and receive from them any information or documents considered by SGX or that organisation to be relevant. (g) To pay all fees when due. (h) To accept as final, binding & conclusive any decision made by SGX. (i) To pay all costs required by SGX. (j) To submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Singapore. (k) That the proper law of this agreement is Singapore law. Warranty 2. We warrant to SGX that: (a) There is no reason not disclosed to our sponsor why our securities should not be listed and quoted on Catalist. (b) The information and documents provided to our sponsor, or provided to SGX as requested, are complete and accurate. Indemnity 3. We indemnify SGX and its staff, agents and delegates to the fullest extent permitted by law in respect of any claim, action, other civil liability, or expense arising from or connected with: (a) Anything done or omitted to be done with reasonable care and in good faith in the course of, or in connection with, the discharge or purported discharge of their obligations under the law or the Rules.

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(b) Any breach of the above warranties. (c) Any breach of our agreement.

Dated:

_________________________________ Proper execution by applicant (eg, seal)*

________________________________________ Signed by . (name and position) pursuant to authority granted by resolution of the Board on .................. (date) *

* Delete where not applicable.

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PRACTICE NOTE 2A ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SPONSORS


Cross-referenced from Rules 204, 205 and 224(3)(a)

1. Introduction (a) This Practice Note sets out the Exchanges expectations in relation to some of the eligibility criteria for becoming and remaining a sponsor. 2. Minimum capital (Rules 204(1) and 205(1)) (a) A full sponsor must maintain a minimum base capital of S$500,000 and a continuing sponsor must maintain a minimum base capital of S$250,000. The Exchange will calculate minimum base capital in a similar way to that applicable for a capital market services licence. 3. Physical office (Rule 204(2) and 205(2)) (a) As part of operating out of a physical office in Singapore, a sponsor should have at least 2 registered professionals based in Singapore. 4. Fit and proper criteria (Rules 204(3) and 205(3)) (a) The Exchange will assess whether an applicants substantial shareholders, directors and officers are fit and proper, using the guidelines applicable to capital market services licence holders. In general, the substantial shareholders, directors and officers must demonstrate the following: (i) honesty, integrity and reputation; (ii) competence and capability; and (iii) financial soundness. (b) When assessing honesty, integrity and reputation, the Exchange will take into account whether the substantial shareholders, directors and officers have any links with money laundering or terrorist financing activities. 5. Experience (Rules 204(4) and 205(4)) (a) For an applicant intending to undertake introducing activities, the Exchange would normally regard relevant experience as having managed at least 3 initial public offerings or reverse takeovers in the last 2 years on the Exchange or an exchange from an acceptable jurisdiction (i.e. within a market of comparable regulatory standards to Singapore). (b) For an applicant intending to undertake continuing activities, the Exchange would normally regard relevant experience as having advised on corporate finance transactions in the last 2 years on the Exchange or an exchange from an acceptable jurisdiction (i.e. within a market of comparable regulatory standards to Singapore). Relevant transactions include acquisitions and disposals, rights/bonus issues, placements of securities, and takeovers. (c) An applicant relying on overseas experience must provide documentary proof of the work done on overseas exchanges and, where available, any formal communication indicating the quality of work. The Exchange may contact the overseas exchange(s) to verify the information.

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6. Reputation and work record (Rules 204(5), 204(6), 205(5) and 205(6)) (a) The Exchange will take into consideration any previous breaches by the applicant, its directors or key officers, of any relevant rule or law, and past disciplinary action by any regulatory authority. The Exchange will also take into account whether the applicant has been denied of any membership or licence in other jurisdictions. (b) The Exchange will normally not accept an applicant if complaints, warning letters, fines, private or public censures or reprimands, or other disciplinary action by any regulatory authority has occurred in the last 2 years. The Exchange may require proof that an applicant has rectified any problems or weaknesses if they have been subject to disciplinary actions more than 2 years ago. (c) The Exchange will consider the quality of the applicants past submissions, including initial public offering/reverse takeover applications rejected in the last 5 years. (d) The applicant should be financially sound and the Exchange will take into account whether the applicant or any member of its group is under receivership, judicial management, liquidation or experiencing other financial difficulties. 7. Sufficient skills and resources (204(7), 205(7) and 224(3)(a)) (a) For a sponsor to ensure that it has sufficient skills and resources as required in Rules 204 and 205, it must engage enough corporate finance, compliance and other employees to support its duties and responsibilities so that each employee has enough time to properly consider the position in respect of each of the sponsored entities. (b) Every employee performing continuing sponsorship work must be supervised by a registered professional. The employee involved must have appropriate competency to be considered suitable. (c) In connection with continuing activities, the ratio of sponsored issuers to suitable employees performing Catalist continuing sponsorship work should generally not exceed 8:1. This means that each employee can only be responsible for monitoring a maximum of 8 issuers at any one time. (d) Even if the ratio is maintained, the sponsor should still assess whether this provides it with sufficient resources. The sponsor must consider the number and type of issuers it sponsors, the workload in its organisation (such as how many initial public offerings/reverse takeovers are being undertaken at one time), the work ethic and compliance culture of the organisation, the work ethic and compliance culture of the issuers it is sponsoring, the internal management and supervision arrangements in the organisation, and any other factors that might influence its ability to fulfil its obligations.

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PRACTICE NOTE 2B GUIDELINES FOR PREPARING A LISTING APPLICANT FOR ADMISSION OR ADVISING AN ISSUER IN A VERY SUBSTANTIAL ACQUISITION OR REVERSE TAKEOVER
Cross-referenced from Rules 225 and 226(1)

1. Introduction (a) A sponsor undertaking introducing activities for a listing applicant or an issuer must comply with the guidelines in this Practice Note, in order to assess the suitability of a listing applicant or the continued listing of an issuer on Catalist. 2. Understanding the listing applicant/enlarged group (Rules 225(1)(a) and 226(1)(a)) (a) To achieve a thorough understanding of a listing applicant/enlarged group and its business, the sponsor should do the following. (i) Ensure that it has, or has access to, appropriate experience in the listing applicants/enlarged groups sector. Use in-house specialists or external experts where necessary. Consider the listing applicants/enlarged groups sector, proposition, business plan or similar, historical financial information and other corporate information, including the due diligence performed further to the due diligence requirements. Consider any issues relating to its country of incorporation and operation and any other issues that might affect its appropriateness. Undertake a visit of the listing applicants/enlarged groups material site(s) of operation and meet the directors and key managers. The necessity of meeting any other relevant material stakeholders (e.g. key shareholders) should also be considered. Consider appointing its own legal advisers who are independent from the listing applicant/enlarged group to assist in the sponsors understanding of the listing applicant/enlarged group and to provide advice to the sponsor that is independent of the listing applicant/enlarged group. Consider and advise on the suitability and competence of other professional advisers involved in the admission, including consultants.

(ii) (iii)

(iv)

(v)

(vi)

(vii)

3. Listing applicants/enlarged groups directors and board (Rule 225(1)(b) and 226(1)(b)) (a) To assess the appropriateness of a listing applicant/enlarged group and its securities for Catalist, the sponsor should do the following. (i) Investigate and consider the suitability of each director and proposed director of the listing applicant/enlarged group and consider the efficacy of the board as a whole for the companys needs. Issue and review directors questionnaires and review directors CVs. Test the information revealed by the above questionnaires and CVs, for example by conducting third party checks, press searches, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory

(ii) (iii)

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Authority (ACRA) checks and taking-up references. For directors who are not Singapore-based, other appropriate investigations should be undertaken. (iv) Extend these investigations and considerations as appropriate to key managers and consultants who are disclosed in the offer document. Consider undertaking such investigations in relation to substantial shareholders at admission as appropriate, especially where there is uncertainty as to their identity or where they are not established institutions, in particular to ascertain the existence of shadow or de facto directors. Analyse any issues arising from these investigations, in particular as to how they could affect the listing applicants/enlarged groups appropriateness to be admitted to Catalist and be publicly traded. Consider each directors suitability and experience in relation to their (proposed) company role. Consider the board of directors as a whole in relation to the listing applicants/enlarged groups needs, for example given its type, size, expected profile and that the listing applicant/enlarged group will be admitted to a Singapore-based, English-language public market. Consider, with the directors of a listing applicant/enlarged group, the adoption of appropriate corporate governance measures.

(v)

(vi)

(vii)

(viii)

(ix)

4. Due diligence (Rule 225(1)(c)) (a) When preparing a listing applicant for admission or advising an issuer in a very substantial acquisition or reverse takeover, the sponsor should do the following. (i) Undertake due diligence including at a minimum, complying with the SIBA Due Diligence Guidelines where applicable, or such other satisfactory and no less strict due diligence guidelines or processes, in addition to any other appropriate due diligence. Exercise its own judgment on the nature and extent of due diligence work needed to satisfy itself as to suitability to list and have knowledge of all relevant facts and circumstances concerning a listing applicants/enlarged groups ability to meet the Exchanges listing requirements. Take all reasonable steps to verify the facts and, if requested, be readily able to confirm them to the Exchange. The sponsor must be in a position to substantiate its opinions, such as in respect of the integrity of the management and controlling shareholders or that the accounts are genuine and conform to applicable standards. Oversee the entire due diligence process, satisfying itself that it is appropriate to the listing applicant/enlarged group and transaction being done. Ensure that any material issues arising are dealt with or otherwise do not affect the suitability of the listing applicant/enlarged group for Catalist. Look at the connection to Singapore of every foreign applicant. This is to ensure sufficient local representation and the ability to take steps in the event of a problem. A foreign issuer is required to have a resident director. To meet the objective of sufficient connection, residence means either citizenship or permanent residence status.

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

(vi)

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(vii)

Ensure appropriate professional firms are engaged as needed - particularly for financial and legal due diligence. Be able to satisfy the Exchange that it has conducted due diligence through independently-sourced information, by a reputable agent, on the applicant or its management or controlling shareholders. The Exchange may request a sponsor to furnish the results of any independent verification undertaken. Exercise due care to prevent any leakage of confidential information to persons not entitled to receive it. Continually review its due diligence procedures to see how they might be refined or improved.

(viii)

(ix)

(x)

(b) Without affecting the sponsors obligation to undertake due diligence, the Exchange may conduct checks using an agency the Exchange appoints. However, the Exchange will usually make inquiries of the sponsor before it decides to conduct such checks. The cost would be borne by the listing applicant/enlarged group. If the Exchange undertook such a check, it would be likely to involve (as circumstances warranted): (i) 2 or 3 key persons, and their personal and business backgrounds and integrity, role in the listing applicants/enlarged groups business, interests in other companies, and any criminal or other records or links to money laundering or organized crime. The listing applicants/enlarged groups history, structure, accounts, business reputation and development, its related companies, its other businesses, and the influence of key persons.

(ii)

5. Preparing the offer document or very substantial acquisition/reverse takeover circular (Rule 225(1)(d)) (a) To properly oversee the preparation of the offer document or circular, the sponsor should: (i) (ii) Be actively involved in the preparation of the document. Satisfy itself that the document has been prepared in compliance with the Regulations under the Securities and Futures Act and relevant Rules and that the statements and information in it have been made after due and careful enquiry. Lead the drafting of the sections of the document that relate to the business of the listing applicant/enlarged group and the risk factors, being satisfied that they take account of matters raised by due diligence. Be satisfied that the financial and additional information sections have been appropriately prepared. Consider whether any specialist third party reports are required. Be satisfied that appropriate verification of the document and any related notifications has taken place. Liaise with the Exchange to the extent that any rule interpretation may be required. Ensure the sponsors declaration is on the cover (or first page if no cover) of the document.

(iii)

(iv)

(v) (vi)

(vii) (viii)

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6. Rule compliance (Rule 225(1)(e) and 226(1)(c)) (a) To satisfy itself that the listing applicant/enlarged group has in place sufficient systems, procedures and controls, the sponsor should: (i) Be satisfied that procedures within the listing applicant/enlarged group have been established to ensure compliance with the Rules. (ii) Be satisfied that the listing applicants/enlarged groups directors understand their obligations under the Rules. (iii) Be satisfied that the listing applicants/enlarged groups directors have been fully advised of both their own and the entitys continuing responsibilities and obligations under the Rules. (iv) Be satisfied that the listing applicants/enlarged groups directors are aware of when they should consult with, or seek the advice of, the sponsor. (v) Be satisfied that the listing applicants/enlarged groups directors are aware of the practical consequences of the rule requirements. 7. Listing applicants/enlarged groups professionals and consultants (Rule 225(1)(f)) (a) When considering and advising on the suitability and competence of other professionals and consultants, the sponsor should also assess the suitability of the listing applicants/enlarged groups reporting and ongoing auditors, including their reputation, track record, relevant experience and adequacy of resources. 8. Suitability for listing (Rule 225) (a) Under Rule 225, a sponsor conducting introducing activities must be satisfied, having made reasonable due diligence enquiries and having considered all relevant matters, that a listing applicant is suitable to be listed, or in the case of a very substantial acquisition or reverse takeover, that the issuer is suitable for continued listing. Apart from addressing the Rule in detail, the sponsor must also address whether the entitys structure or operations are suitable for the marketplace. (b) Entities that may be involved in or connected with any money laundering, terrorist financing, or other illicit activities should not be listed. Other entities may be unsuitable because their businesses are not currently addressed by the Rules (e.g. companies engaged in scientific research and development with no established financial track record, investment funds, trust structures or structured warrants), or because their structures are not currently addressed (e.g. differential voting rights). A sponsor should consult the Exchange if in doubt as to the suitability of an entity. 9. Conditions to be fulfilled after listing (a) There may be conditions imposed by a sponsor on a listing applicant/enlarged group that the listing applicant (issuer) must meet after it is admitted. Such conditions should not be material to the suitability of the listing applicant for listing or the issuer for continued listing, e.g. conditions related to interested persons transactions. (b) Proposed conditions must be disclosed to the Exchange as part of Appendix 4A.

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PRACTICE NOTE 2C GUIDELINES FOR CONTINUING SPONSORSHIP


Cross-referenced from Rules 226(2), 226(3), 226(4) and 228

1. Introduction (a) A sponsor undertaking continuing activities for an issuer must comply with the guidelines in this Practice Note. 2. Regular contact (Rule 226(2)(a)) (a) As part of maintaining regular contact with its issuer, the continuing sponsor should: (i) (ii) Assess whether the issuer continues to understand its obligations under the Rules. Assess whether it is being kept up-to-date with developments at the issuer so that it can advise the company. Establish a regular contact routine. Hold discussions with the directors where appropriate. Be satisfied that any procedures established at admission continue to be effective. Review the trading and financial performance of the issuer on a regular basis. Endeavour to attend shareholder meetings of the issuer. In the case of an overseas issuer, arrange for visits as necessary to get a proper understanding of their operations and personnel.

(iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii) (viii)

3. Review of documents released to the market (Rule 226(2)(b)) (a) When reviewing documents to be released by the issuer to shareholders or to the market, the sponsor should: (i) Be readily accessible for reviewing all such documents so that the requirement of immediate disclosure can be met. Review the document with a view to ensuring rule compliance and in particular proper disclosure. Establish in advance a procedure for the issuer to identify and notify the sponsor of all documents to be released to the market. Ensure that the statement required in Rule 752(2) is included prominently in all documents to be released to its shareholders or the market.

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

4. Monitor trading (Rule 226(2)(c)) (a) As part of monitoring the trading of the listed securities of its issuer, the sponsor should: (i) (ii) Be aware of the issuers daily trading activity. Contact the issuer if there is a substantial movement in the price or volume of the issuers securities, to ascertain whether an announcement or other action is required.

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(iii)

Arrange for regular press monitoring to identify any material information reported in the press which has not been released via SGXNET. This is particularly important when the sponsor is aware of material undisclosed price-sensitive information in existence. Respond speedily to enquiries from the Exchange.

(iv)

(b) The sponsor may put in place arrangements with third parties for assistance in monitoring. 5. Advise on changes to the board (Rule 226(2)(d)) (a) In advising its issuer on the suitability of directors arising from proposed changes in the issuers board of directors, the sponsor should: (i) Investigate and consider the suitability of each director and proposed director of the issuer and consider the efficacy of the board as a whole for the companys needs. Issue and review directors questionnaires and review directors CVs. Test the information revealed by the above questionnaires and CVs, for example by conducting third party checks, press searches, ACRA checks and taking-up references. For directors who are not Singapore-based, other appropriate investigations should be undertaken. Analyse any issues arising from these investigations, in particular as to how they could affect the issuers appropriateness for continued listing on Catalist and trading in a public market. Consider each directors suitability and experience in relation to their (proposed) company role. Consider the board of directors as a whole in relation to the issuers needs, for example given its type, size, profile and that the issuer is listed on a Singapore-based, English-language public market.

(ii) (iii)

(iv)

(v)

(vi)

6. Trading halt or suspension of a counter (Rule 226(2)(f)) (a) As part of its review of trading, or when an announcement should be made, the sponsor may form the view that the issuer needs to halt the trading in, or suspend, its securities. If so, the sponsor must inform the issuer, together with its reasons, and inform the Exchange at the same time. This allows the Exchange to watch the counter and to expect the request for a trading halt or suspension from the issuer. (b) The issuer, not the sponsor, requests the Exchange to halt or suspend trading in its securities. If the issuer does not contact the Exchange, the Exchange will contact the issuer for an explanation as to why it has not accepted the advice of its sponsor. The Exchange may take action under the Rules to halt or suspend the securities in the usual way. 7. Listing of additional securities (Rule 226(4)(b)) (a) In assessing whether an issuers listing of additional securities complies with rule and legal requirements, a sponsor should take the following into consideration and determine if disclosure in a circular and/or announcement is necessary: (i) The financial position of issuer, including:

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(A)

(B) (ii)

if the group is currently under pressure from its bankers to repay any of its borrowings and whether there are any arrangements for refinancing of the groups borrowings; and whether the group has sufficient resources to meet its capital commitments.

In a rights issue: (A) the amount of cash raised from issues of securities in the past 2 years and whether the proceeds were used for the intended purposes; and if applicable, whether a valid share issue mandate is available and sufficient for the proposed issue of securities.

(B)

(iii)

In an issue of convertible securities: (A) the form, basis of allotment, exercise price, exercise period and whether the convertible securities are detachable; the number of new shares that will be issued upon full exercise or conversion of the proposed convertible securities as a percentage of the applicants issued shares as at the date of the application; and the number of new shares that will be issued upon full exercise or conversion of the proposed convertible securities and all outstanding convertible securities as a percentage of the applicants issued shares as at the date of the application.

(B)

(C)

(iv)

In an issue of shares for cash under Part IV of Chapter 8: (A) the issue price and the weighted average price for the period specified in Rule 811; the amount of cash raised from issues of securities in the market in the past 2 years and a statement on whether the proceeds had been used for the intended purposes; where the end-placee(s) is not procured by a placement agent, that the endplacee(s) and its(their) directors and substantial shareholders (if applicable) have no connections (including any business relationship) with the issuer and its directors and substantial shareholders; and if applicable, whether a valid share issue mandate is available and sufficient for the proposed issue of securities.

(B)

(C)

(D)

8. Ending of sponsorship (Rule 228) (a) An outgoing sponsor should discuss its experience of the issuer and the reasons for ending the sponsorship. The Rules require an outgoing sponsor to be constructive and open with a prospective new sponsor. (b) The outgoing sponsor must disclose any compliance issues to the incoming sponsor in order to meet its obligation under Rule 228(5). If the issuer is not in compliance with the Rules, or is in poor financial health, the new sponsor may require rectification or disclosure before it starts its sponsorship role. In this event, the incoming sponsor should liaise with the Exchange to ensure that a smooth transfer of responsibilities from the outgoing sponsor to the incoming sponsor is possible.

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PRACTICE NOTE 4A EQUITY SECURITIES LISTING PROCEDURE


Cross-referenced from Chapters 4 and 10

1. Introduction (a) This Practice Note explains: the Exchanges procedures for an initial public listing, a very substantial acquisition or reverse takeover; and the principles in dealing with comments the Exchange occasionally receives from the public on a proposed initial public listing, very substantial acquisition or reverse takeover.

2. Exchanges Procedure (a) A sponsor has the primary responsibility for assessing a listing applicants suitability for listing, or an issuers suitability for continued listing when an issuer makes a very substantial acquisition or is the subject of a reverse takeover. If the sponsor considers that the listing applicant is suitable for listing or that an issuer is suitable for continued listing, it should complete the required documents. The Exchange will normally admit the listing applicant on receipt of conforming documents. If there are concerns, the Exchange will ask the sponsor for clarification or explanation. The Exchange may require the sponsor to produce information to satisfy it of the listing applicants suitability to be listed or the issuers suitability for continued listing. (b) The Exchange may require the sponsor to undertake more due diligence. It may require the listing to be subject to conditions or may require the listing applicant or issuer to provide additional disclosure. (c) If the sponsor is of the view that the listing applicant is suitable for listing or the issuer for continued listing, but some rules need to be waived, the sponsor will have to consider whether waivers should be granted, and make the appropriate application to the Exchange. If waivers are granted, they must be disclosed in the offer document, or as pre-quotation disclosure if given later, in a case of a new listing; or in the circular or by way of an announcement in a case of a very substantial acquisition or reverse takeover. 3. Comments Received (a) The Exchange will give consideration to comments received on the offer document or circular from the public (whether anonymous or not). (b) All comments will be forwarded to the sponsor who must take such actions as it deems fit. (c) The Exchange may require the sponsor to investigate and report its findings to the Exchange. (d) The Exchange may also carry out its own investigation and, where appropriate, enter into correspondence with the person who sent the comments. (e) The Exchange may delay the listing until it is satisfied with the findings. The Exchange is not obliged to disclose any findings or its conclusion.

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PRACTICE NOTE 4B REQUIREMENTS FOR LODGEMENT OR SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS


Cross-referenced from Rules 406(10), (11) and (12), 407, 865 and Appendix 4F

PART I: INTRODUCTION

1. This Practice Note sets out the general requirements for the lodgement of documents with the Exchange. 2. The documents which must be lodged with or submitted to the Exchange include: (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) an offer document; a preliminary offer document; a supplementary offer document; a replacement offer document; an offer information statement; a circular to the shareholders of an issuer seeking the approval of a very substantial acquisition or reverse takeover; and (g) an issuers undertaking not to make an exempt offer.

PART II: REQUIREMENTS FOR LODGEMENT OR SUBMISSION IN ELECTRONIC FORM

3. A document to be lodged with the Exchange under the Rules must be lodged or submitted in electronic form (in searchable format) and must comply with the following requirements: (a) The document must be in portable document format (PDF), or such other format as the Exchange may from time to time allow. (b) The document must be lodged or submitted to the Exchange in a CD-ROM, or such other medium as the Exchange may from time to time allow, containing the document. (c) The medium by which the document is lodged or submitted must be labelled with: (i) (ii) (iii) the names of the person making the offer and the listing applicant; the nature of the document; and the date the document is lodged with or submitted to the Exchange.

4. When the document is lodged with or submitted to the Exchange in electronic form under paragraph 3 above, an electronic image of each of the following must be lodged with or submitted together with the document: (a) every signature on or accompanying the document; (b) any duly signed form which is part of or which accompanies the document; (c) any duly signed statement referred to in paragraph 8(b) that the copy of the document submitted in paper form is a true copy of the document lodged with the Exchange in electronic form; (d) any duly signed letter or report (other than a statutory audit report) enclosed in or forming part of the document; (e) any duly signed experts consent required to be lodged;

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(f) any duly signed sponsors consent and (if applicable) issue managers consent required to be lodged; (g) any duly signed underwriters consent required to be lodged; (h) if applicable, the authorisation referred to in Part IV; (i) any pre-deal research report which has been issued in respect of the securities to which the document relates; and (j) any other duly signed statement or letter required under the Rules to be lodged or submitted together with the document. 5. An electronic image to be lodged with or submitted to the Exchange under paragraph 4 must comply with the following requirements: (a) The image must be in portable document format (PDF), or such other format as the Exchange may from time to time allow. (b) The image must be lodged or submitted by submitting to the Exchange a CD-ROM, or such other medium as the Exchange may from time to time allow, containing the image. (c) The medium by which the image is lodged or submitted must be labelled with: (i) (ii) a description of what the electronic image relates to; and the nature and date of lodgement of the document lodged with the Exchange in electronic form under paragraph 3 together with which the electronic image is lodged or submitted.

6. For the avoidance of doubt, a document lodged with or submitted to the Exchange in electronic form under paragraph 3 and every electronic image lodged with or submitted to the Exchange together with that document under paragraph 4 may be contained in the same medium.

PART III: REQUIREMENTS FOR LODGEMENT IN PAPER FORM

7. A person who lodges any document in electronic form must also provide a copy of that document in paper form to the Exchange: 8. A copy of any document in paper form required under paragraph 7: (a) must comply with the following requirements: (i) (ii) the copy of the document must be on paper that is 297 millimetres in length and 210 millimetres in breadth (A4 paper size); and the contents of the copy of the document must be legible; and

(b) must be accompanied by a true and complete electronic image of a signed statement of: (i) in the case where the person making the offer is an individual: (A) (B) (C) (ii) the person making the offer; a person authorised in writing by him; or an advocate and solicitor acting on his behalf;

in case where the person making the offer is an entity:

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(A) (B) (C) (iii)

a director or an equivalent person of the entity; a person authorised in writing by a director or an equivalent person of the entity; or an advocate and solicitor acting on behalf of the entity; or

in a case where the person making the offer is the government of a State: (A) (B) an official of the government of the State who is authorised to sign the statement on its behalf; or an advocate and solicitor acting on behalf of the government of the State,

verifying that the copy of the document in paper form is a true copy of the electronic document lodged with or submitted to the Exchange under paragraph 3. 9. The electronic image of the signed statement under paragraph 8(b) must comply with the requirements in paragraph 5.

PART IV: AUTHORISATION

10. A person making an offer of securities may authorise another person to sign, on its behalf: (a) any document lodged with the Exchange; or (b) any verification statement referred to in paragraph 8(b). 11. The following persons may be authorised: (a) in a case where the person making the offer is an individual, a person authorised in writing by the individual; (b) in a case where the person making the offer is an entity, a person authorised in writing by a director or an equivalent person, or a proposed director or an equivalent person, of the entity; or (c) in a case where the person making the offer is the government of a State, an official of the government of the State who is authorised to sign the document or statement, as the case may be, on its behalf. 12. A true and complete electronic image of the authorisation must be submitted to the Exchange, together with the document lodged with the Exchange or statement, as the case may be. The electronic image of the authorisation must comply with the requirements in paragraph 5. 13. The authorisation submitted to the Exchange should not, as a general rule, be more than 3 months old.

PART V: ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES

14. Lodgement of documents must be made by appointment between 9am and 5pm from Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays) at the following address: Catalist Regulation Unit 2 Shenton Way, #19-00 SGX Centre 1 Singapore 068804

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15. The timetable for initial public offerings and very substantial acquisitions/reverse takeovers is contained in Appendix 4F.

PART VI: SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR DOCUMENTS

Preliminary Offer Document 16. Where an issuer wishes to exclude information from a preliminary offer document, other than that permitted under Rule 407(6), an application must be made to the Exchange for the relevant exemption before the document is lodged with the Exchange. 17. Where the issuer lodges a preliminary offer document with the Exchange, a final offer document must be lodged subsequently, which includes such information required by Rule 407(1) to (5) that was omitted in the preliminary offer document. Amended Offer Document 18. Any amendment to an offer document must be lodged with the Exchange in accordance with the requirements in Parts II and III. 19. Both the electronic copy and paper copy of the amended offer document must show the amendments tracked over the originally lodged offer document. Reasonable steps should be taken (including the use of different fonts, colours or highlights) to distinguish between: (a) amendments made due to the insertion of information required under Rules 407(1) to (5) for registration; and (b) any other amendments made. 20. In addition, a clean electronic copy of the amended offer document must be lodged for posting on the Exchanges website. Supplementary or Replacement Offer Document 21. Any supplementary or replacement offer document must be lodged with the Exchange in accordance with the requirements in Parts II and III. 22. Both the electronic copy and paper copy of a replacement offer document must show the amendments tracked over the originally lodged offer document.

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PRACTICE NOTE 4C

DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR MINERAL, OIL AND GAS COMPANIES


Cross-referenced from Rules 440, 441 and 704

1. Introduction (a) This Practice Note sets out the disclosure requirements for mineral, oil and gas companies. 2. General Disclosure Requirements All mineral, oil and gas companies must comply with the following requirements: (a) The basis upon which the existence of any minerals, oil or gas is asserted must be in terms of reserves, resources or exploration results. The disclosure of any oil or gas accumulation should exclude Prospective Resources. A qualified persons report must comply with the requirements as set out in paragraph 5 of this Practice Note. All statements and reports in relation to reserves, resources or exploration results should be prepared and presented in accordance with a Standard. The listing applicant or issuer should state in the offer document or announcement, as the case may be, the Standard used. The basis on which resource or reserve estimates are presented must be clearly indicated. Estimations of reserves must include presentation on an unrisked basis that is, before adjusting for the likelihood of commercial production. Estimations of resources must be disclosed with appropriate explanation of the accompanying risks that may have an impact on the conversion of such resources into reserves. Estimations of reserves and resources may be presented either as a gross estimate attributable to a licence or net estimate attributable to the listing applicant or issuer after adjusting for the listing applicants or issuers effective interest in such gross estimate. Presentation of economic valuations on reserve or resource estimates must be accompanied with the following disclosures in the same announcement or document released to shareholders: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) name and qualification of the Qualified Person who has reviewed such valuation; whether such Qualified Person is employed by the issuer or a third-party consultant; the Standard used principal assumptions used in arriving at the valuation, including but not limited to, assumed commodity prices, rate of discount and rate of inflation, and the basis for each assumption. Contracted commodity prices should be used where available. If unavailable, either forecast or constant prices may be used. Where forecast commodity prices are used, the listing applicants or issuers directors must provide a confirmation that such forecast was arrived at after due and careful enquiry and reflects their view of a reasonable outlook of the future; and analysis of the sensitivity of such valuations to variation in the principal assumptions provided in (iv) above. In relation to commodity prices, the scenarios must include both constant and forecast prices. In relation to the rate of discount, the scenarios must include the weighted average cost of capital.

(b)

(c)

(d)

(e)

(v)

(f)

Reports of reserves, resources or exploration results for the first time must be made in accordance with the following requirements:

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(i)

Reserves Any estimates of reserves must include a precise description of the nature and quality of the reserve, including financial assumptions, method of calculation, modifying factors, exploitation methods/parameters and other information that would reasonably be required to allow investors to make informed decisions on the validity of the data presented. For financial assumptions, the key economic parameters of the analysis, such as operating or capital cost assumptions, and the assumed prices of the mineral, oil or other commodities which could be produced, must be provided. If the prices used differ from the current prices of the commodities, an explanation must be given, including the effect on the economics of the project if current prices were used. Sensitivity analyses may be used to provide a better understanding of the effects of changes in commodity prices on the economics of the project. Resources Any statements of the existence of resources must be supported by details of all exploration results, geological and geophysical interpretations, drilling results, analyses or other evidence. The statement must include the information on the method of calculation and other relevant information such as cut-off grades, assumptions of continuity and geological and geophysical parameters used to derive the resource statement. Exploration Results Exploration results must contain sufficient information to allow investors to make an informed judgement of their significance. Exploration context, type and method of sampling, sampling intervals and methods, relevant sample locations, distribution, dimensions and relative location of all relevant assay data, data aggregation methods, land tenure status plus any other information relevant to an assessment, should be included.

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(g)

Assay results must include disclosure of the analytical methods used and the name of the analytical laboratories which assayed the material sampled, together with details of their relationship, if any, to the listing applicant or issuer. The accreditation of each laboratory, or lack thereof, must also be disclosed.

3. Additional Disclosure Requirements for Offer Document In addition to paragraph 2 of this Practice Note, the offer document relating to a mineral, oil and gas company must include the following: (a) the listing applicants plans and milestones for a period of at least 18 months from the date of listing, including the capital expenditure required to meet each milestone; and all material agreements with regard to the proposed exploitation of mineral bodies, the nature and extent of the listing applicants rights and a description of the properties to which such rights attach, giving particulars of the duration and other principal terms of the concessions or other rights. the listing applicants policies and practices in relation to operating in a sustainable manner, including: a. b. the listing applicants policy with regards to environmental and social issues; impact of the listing applicants business practices on the environment and the communities in which it operates; and environmental and social risks faced by the listing applicant; and

(b)

(c)

c.

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(d)

in relation to a listing applicant whose principal activities consist of exploration for mineral, oil or gas, a statement on the front cover highlighting that fact; that the listing applicant may not progress to the next stage of development or to a stage where it is able to generate revenue; and industry-specific risks.

4. Additional Continuing Obligations In addition to paragraph 2 of this Practice Note, a mineral, oil and gas company must also comply with the following: (a) Analytical results should be reported in a timely and responsible manner. If the issuer releases partial results, e.g. the first two holes of a six hole program, it must ensure that the balance of the results are disclosed in a timely manner whether the results are positive or negative. A summary of expenditure incurred on these activities should also be reported. Where work has been discontinued on properties about which the issuer has made prior disclosure, there must be further information provided as to any undisclosed results and reasons for the cessation of work. Disclose in the issuers annual report its policies and practices in relation to operating in a sustainable manner, including the information as required in paragraph 3(c) of this Practice Note.

(b)

(c)

5. Qualified Persons Report (a) In preparing the qualified persons report, the qualified person must take into account all relevant information supplied to the qualified person by the directors of the listing applicant or issuer. The qualified person must review the information contained in the offer document or announcement, as the case may be, which relates to the qualified persons report and confirm that the information presented is accurate, balanced, complete and not inconsistent with the qualified persons report. A qualified persons report must include the following: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) Title page Table of contents Executive summary Introduction Full name and professional qualifications of the qualified person, and if applicable, the partner/director in charge of the report and the address of the qualified persons firm/company; Statement of independence by the qualified person, if the report is prepared by an independent qualified person who meets the requirements in Rule 442; Aim of the report; Scope of the report; Statement on the use of the report; Basis of the report including data sources, data validation and reliance on other experts; and Standard used.

(b)

(c)

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(v)

Property description, size, location, access, natural and cultural environment, including: listing applicants/issuers assets and liabilities, including the following summary table of assets: Issuers interest (%) Development Status Licence expiry date Licence Area Type of mineral, oil gas or deposit Remarks

Asset name/ Country

nature and extent of listing applicants/issuers rights of exploration or extraction; and description of the economic conditions for the working of the licenses, concessions or similar, with details of the duration and other principal terms and conditions of the concessions including fiscal conditions, environmental and rehabilitation requirements, abandonment costs and any necessary licenses and consents including planning permission.

(vi) (vii)

History of the property, including exploration history and any production history. Geological and geophysical deposit/accumulation setting, type and characteristics of the

(viii)

Exploration data including drilling and sampling, sampling and analysis methods, sample preparation and security, quality assurance and quality control on the sample analyses. Mineral processing and metallurgical testing, if applicable. Resource and reserve estimates and exploration results, as applicable, in accordance with the relevant Standard, including a summary of reserves and resources in the form of Appendix 7F. Planned extraction method, processing method, capital costs, operating costs, considerations including social, environmental, health and safety factors that may affect exploration and/or exploitation activities; and production schedule, if applicable. Financial analysis of the operations, taxes, liabilities, marketing if applicable. Interpretation and conclusions Recommendations References Date and signature page Illustrations - of sufficient clarity to graphically present the material within the text. Maps must include a geographical reference system and scale bar for clarity. Technical drawings must include a legend to explain features within the diagram. Appendices and glossary of terms used, if required.

(ix) (x)

(xi)

(xii) (xiii) (xiv) (xv) (xvi) (xvii)

(xviii)

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PRACTICE NOTE 7A CONTINUING DISCLOSURE


Cross-referenced from Rule 703 and Appendix 7A

PART I: INTRODUCTION

1. This Practice Note provides guidance on the continuing obligations of issuers in respect of the Exchange's Corporate Disclosure Policy. Issuers should apply the principles outlined in the Practice Note flexibly and sensibly. Issuers are still obliged to make their own judgments when determining whether a particular piece of information is material and requires disclosure. The purpose of timely disclosure of material information is to allow the operation of a fair, orderly and transparent market. The following discussion should be read in that light. 2. Issuers should consult with their sponsors with respect to the application of the rules. 3. In case of doubt, sponsors must consult the Exchange.

PART II: WHAT CONSTITUTES MATERIAL INFORMATION?

4. Examples of the types of information that could be material are provided under paragraphs 5 and 9 of Appendix 7A. However, no definitive list can be given. What may be considered material to one issuer may not be material to another. Hence each issuer must exercise its own judgment, having consulted with its sponsor, when deciding whether information is material. Apart from considering quantitative factors, an issuer should consider qualitative and circumstantial factors when deciding whether it is necessary to disclose a particular piece of information. These include trading history of the issuer, unexplained change in price or volume of the issuer's shares, volatility of the issuer's shares, operating environment of the issuer, and the total mix of information that is publicly available. As a guiding principle, an issuer should always consider whether a reasonable person would expect the information to be disclosed. 5. If an issuer is unable to ascertain whether the information is material, or is in any doubt about the availability of the exceptions from the requirement to disclose material information, the recommended course of action is to announce the information via SGXNET.

PART III: GUIDANCE ON PARTICULAR SITUATIONS AND ISSUES

6. Are analysts' briefings and meetings with journalists, stockholders or any other persons permissible under the Corporate Disclosure Policy? In the event of inadvertent disclosure of material, non-public information during such briefings and meetings, what should an issuer do? (a) The Exchange does not prohibit issuers from conducting briefings with analysts and holding meetings with groups of investors and the media. However, such meetings might create a perception that analysts, institutional investors, fund managers or media have access to information that is not generally available to the public and this may undermine investors' confidence in the existence of a level playing field. Hence, an issuer should have in place policies to minimize the risk of being perceived to be practising selective disclosure. Such policies might include pre-release of any prepared information intended for the briefings and meetings, for example slides or speeches, via SGXNET. Alternatively, as such information must not be material, non-public information, it could be released on the issuer's website with an accompanying SGXNET announcement to inform investors that additional information is

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available on the issuer's website. The second alternative may be preferred if the issuer intends to release large-sized files. (b) Where an issuer inadvertently discloses material, non-public information during these briefings or meetings, the issuer must disseminate the information via SGXNET as promptly as possible. An issuer may, if necessary, request for suspension of trading in its securities or a trading halt (upon implementation by the Exchange). (c) A sponsor must advise the issuer if it thinks a suspension or trading halt is warranted. If the sponsor thinks the issuers securities should be suspended or put into a trading halt, it must also notify the Exchange. The issuer remains responsible for requesting for a suspension or trading halt from the Exchange. 7. Can issuers post information on the Internet including on their websites? The Exchange does not prohibit issuers from disseminating information through other media such as the Internet. Issuers are reminded that any material information released on the Internet, including posting of information on its own website, should have been previously released via SGXNET, or should be simultaneously released via SGXNET. 8. How should an issuer deal with the release of material information by professional advisers or third parties? There may be instances where a third party releases information on behalf of, or relevant to, an issuer for example in the case of a takeover. Whenever possible, issuers should ensure that the announcement provided by the third parties is made under the issuer's name. By doing so, investors can conveniently locate all announcements relating to an issuer when they access SGXNET. Third parties and professional advisers who do not represent the issuer are also encouraged to liaise with the issuer and make necessary arrangements to release any material announcement pertaining to the issuer under the issuer's name. 9. Under what circumstances would material information be considered to have been leaked? If material information has been leaked, what are the obligations of the issuer under the Corporate Disclosure Policy? (a) Where material, non-public information has been reported but not released via SGXNET, the Exchange will require clarification from an issuer to ensure that the market is trading on accurate information. The Exchange will do so by contacting the sponsor and having the sponsor follow up with the issuer. In assessing whether there has been a possible leakage of material information, the Exchange will take into consideration factors, such as the level of detail and any identified source of the information. To illustrate, should the report contain very specific information, for example precise value of contract, explicit financial impact, or the source has been attributed to a company spokesperson, this indicates that there may have been a leakage of material information. Leakage of material information would result in a loss of confidentiality and thus an issuer can no longer rely on the exemption under Rule 703(3). (b) The sponsor should arrange for relevant press monitoring to identify any material information reported in the press concerning the issuer which has not been released via SGXNET. This is particularly important when the sponsor is aware of material undisclosed price-sensitive information in existence. The Exchange would normally not expect the sponsor to take any further action if the information in the report is speculative or frivolous unless there is a price or volume reaction in the market. The issuer should consult its sponsor when deciding whether an announcement is necessary. The Exchange does not expect issuers to respond to all rumours or speculation. However, an issuer is expected to clarify the position if the information contained in the report or rumour is reasonably specific without there having been a previous announcement by the issuer, or if the issuer's share price or volume is reacting to the report or rumour.

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(c) If the report suggests that there has been a leakage of material information, the sponsor should contact the issuer to discuss whether an announcement is required. If the Exchange becomes aware of the leakage, it will contact the sponsor for an explanation. If time is critical, the Exchange may contact the issuer directly. If, after consultation with its sponsor, the issuer is of the view that the information reported is not material (and thus no announcement is necessary) and the Exchange is satisfied with the explanation given, no further action would be required for the time being. The Exchange will monitor the market for movement, and if there is unusual market activity that could be attributable to the report, the Exchange will contact the sponsor and/or issuer requesting that an announcement be made. (d) The following guidelines in relation to dealing with leakage of material information apply: (i) an issuer is required to announce any material, non-public information that has leaked to the market even though it was covered by the exemptions (for example, regardless of whether the transaction is still undergoing negotiation); if an issuer is not ready to confirm the information that was leaked or there is too much uncertainty, the issuer should release a holding statement to sufficiently explain the position; or if an issuer is of the view that there has been no leak, but the market price or volume is reacting to the report, the issuer should release a statement to clarify the position, or confirm the report, even though the statement does not provide any new material information. If the issuer does not do this and a disorderly market exists in the Exchange's opinion, the Exchange may need to suspend the issuer's securities from trading.

(ii)

(iii)

10. If an issuer fails to respond to a query issued by the Exchange before the start of trading, will a suspension be imposed? Would a holding announcement stating that the Exchange is querying the issuer constitute sufficient information to allow the issuer's securities to continue trading? The Exchange may suspend the trading of an issuer's securities if an issuer or its sponsor fails to respond before the start of trading or if trading has started and there is unusual market activity. The issuance of a holding announcement by the issuer stating that the Exchange is querying the issuer is not acceptable, as the investing public would still be trading on an uninformed basis. 11. Is an issuer exempted from the disclosure rules due to an undertaking of confidentiality or competitive concerns? (a) An issuer must not agree to a confidentiality clause with any other parties, for example as part of contractual terms, which may result in it not being able to comply with the disclosure rules. This requirement does not apply if Rule 703(2) applies. The absence of a confidentiality clause does not mean that disclosure is required. Rules 703(2) or 703(3) may still apply, in which case, the issuer may withhold disclosure of the information. (b) Similarly, an issuer also cannot rely on reasons, such as possible erosion of the issuer's competitiveness or unfavourable impact on the issuer's business to avoid complying with the disclosure rules. 12. Is it sufficient for an issuer to disclose just the value of the contract or new business arrangements without stating the resultant financial effects in its announcement? (a) When announcing the award of any contract or new business arrangements, for example distributorships, joint ventures and strategic alliances, an issuer must state clearly the financial impact (in terms of earnings per share or net tangible asset per share) arising from the transaction or provide an appropriate negative statement if there is none. By providing

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the financial impact on the issuer, investors will be able to put the announcement in perspective. (b) The Exchange recognizes that there may be some instances where an issuer is prevented from disclosing the financial impact with certainty. One example may be the existence of certain variables that are outside the issuer's control, such as fulfilment of a contract on an ad-hoc basis or poor visibility as to when revenue is generated. Under these circumstances, the issuer should provide an explanation for the non-disclosure and sufficient information to enable investors to independently assess the financial impact taking into consideration the variables disclosed.

PART IV: SECURITIES AND FUTURES ACT (SFA)

13. Section 203 of the SFA creates a statutory obligation on an issuer and others to comply with the Exchange's Continuing Disclosure obligations. It says: 203. (1) This section shall apply to (a) an entity the securities of which are listed for quotation on a securities exchange; (b) a trustee of a business trust, where the securities of the business trust are listed for quotation on a securities exchange; or (c) a responsible person of a collective investment scheme, where the units of the collective investment scheme are listed for quotation on a securities exchange, if the entity, trustee or responsible person is required by the securities exchange under the listing rules or any other requirement of the securities exchange to notify the securities exchange of information on specified events or matters as they occur or arise for the purpose of the securities exchange making that information available to a securities market operated by the securities exchange. (2) The persons specified in subsection (1) (a), (b) or (c) shall not intentionally, recklessly or negligently fail to notify the securities exchange of such information as is required to be disclosed by the securities exchange under the listing rules or any other requirement of the securities exchange. (3) Notwithstanding section 204, a contravention of subsection (2) shall not be an offence unless the failure to notify is intentional or reckless. 14. Furthermore, under Section 331 of the SFA, an offence under the Act committed with the consent or connivance of, or attributable to any neglect on the part of, an officer of the body corporate makes that officer guilty of the offence as well. 15. The SFA clearly adds an additional dimension to the obligations to make disclosure and issuers should be mindful of such obligations when making decisions regarding disclosure.

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PRACTICE NOTE 7B QUERIES REGARDING UNUSUAL TRADING ACTIVITY


Cross-referenced from Rule 703, Appendix 7A and Practice Note 7A

PART I: INTRODUCTION

1. This Practice Note provides information on the role of the Market Surveillance ("MS") Department and the procedures normally employed when an issuer is queried regarding trading in its securities. 2. MS Department continues to monitor price and volume movements on all Catalist securities, even though an issuers sponsor is also responsible for having arrangements to monitor trading.

PART II: UNUSUAL TRADING ACTIVITY

3. As set out under paragraph 20 of Appendix 7A, unusual trading activity in an issuer's securities, without it being apparent that publicly available information could account for the activity, may signify trading by persons who are acting on unannounced material information or on a rumour or report, whether true or false. 4. The unusual market activity may not be traceable directly to unannounced information or to a rumour or report. Nevertheless, the market activity itself may be misleading to investors, who may assume that a sudden and appreciable change in the price of, or volume traded in, the issuer's securities reflects a corresponding change in its business or prospects.

PART III: ROLE OF MARKET SURVEILLANCE

5. The MS Department utilizes a real-time market surveillance system which employs the latest technology to automatically alert the MS officers to market behaviour such as unusual price and volume movements of an issuer's securities. The MS officer then examines whether public information, company specific news, counter-specific trends, industry trends, economic factors or prevailing market sentiment, can explain the market activity. If no explanation is apparent, the Exchange requires the issuer to inform the public whether it is aware of any material information that might reasonably be expected to have a significant effect on the trading volume or price of its securities. 6. The MS Department issues either a verbal query or written query, depending on the extent of the unusual trading activity, measured against pre-determined thresholds set by the Exchange from time to time. 7. Verbal Query (a) Generally, verbal queries on unusual trading activity would not be posted on SGXNET by the Exchange. The issuer is typically not required to post its response on SGXNET. However, if the issuer's response contains material information or the Exchange thinks the information ought to be released in the interests of an informed market, the Exchange may request the issuer to release its response via SGXNET. The Exchange retains the discretion whether to release its query on unusual trading activity on SGXNET. (b) MS usually initiates a verbal query where the price or volume changes, whilst high, have not reached the thresholds which trigger the issuance of a written query. The MS officer will also

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inform the issuer's sponsor of the verbal query as soon as possible. The verbal query, apart from potentially ascertaining the cause of the unusual trading activity, also serves as an alert to the sponsor and issuer of the unusual trading activity in the issuers securities. This allows sponsors and issuers to monitor the trading activity as a precautionary measure. The MS officers continue to monitor the trading activity of the issuer's securities after initiating the verbal query, and may follow up with a written query should trading activity justify such action. (c) The MS officer will usually pose the following questions when making a verbal query: (i) Is the issuer aware of any information not previously announced concerning the issuer, its subsidiaries or associated companies which, if known, might explain the trading? If yes, the information must be announced immediately; and Is the issuer aware of any other possible explanation for the unusual trading? Can you confirm your compliance with the listing rules and, in particular, listing Rule 703?

(ii) (iii)

Please note that these questions may be modified depending on the circumstances. 8. Written Query (a) All written queries issued by the Exchange will be posted on SGXNET by the Exchange immediately after they are issued. Wherever possible, the MS officer will make every effort to contact the issuer prior to issuing the written query, to alert the issuer to the Exchange's query. (b) The written query will be faxed to the issuer and sponsor and posted on SGXNET under Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited. (c) Please refer to the applicable proforma query letters below for information. The Exchange reserves the right to vary the contents of the letter depending on the circumstances.

PART IV: RESPONSE ON RECEIVING A QUERY ON UNUSUAL TRADING ACTIVITY

9. If the issuer does not have undisclosed material information it must inform its sponsor. The sponsor is responsible for advising it regarding the response it should give to the Exchange. MS may advise an issuer to consult its sponsor when the issuer responds to the query that it has no undisclosed material information. 10. If the issuer has undisclosed material information it must inform its sponsor. The sponsor should advise the issuer to request for a trading halt or suspension, and advise the issuer regarding the response it should give to the Exchanges query. The Exchange will also follow-up to ensure that the issuer, following consultation with its sponsor, provides an appropriate response on this issue as soon as possible. 11. An issuer is expected to respond to a query (whether written or verbal) as soon as possible. Issuers and their sponsors should, therefore, ensure that they are operationally ready to respond promptly. In view of the importance of maintaining a fair, orderly and transparent market, issuers and sponsors must, upon receiving a query from the Exchange, immediately undertake an enquiry to ascertain the cause of the unusual trading activity. Issuers and sponsors should have in place, procedures to ensure that the enquiry or information gathering is carried out efficiently, systematically and promptly, so that the issuer is able to disseminate all material information as soon as possible.

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12. Paragraph 22 of Appendix 7A sets out some possible causes for unusual trading and how issuers should respond to the queries based on different causes. 13. An issuer may wish to, where appropriate, request for suspension of trading in its securities or a trading halt. If so, the issuer should contact Market Control Department and provide a SGXNET announcement requesting for suspension or a trading halt, stating the reason for the suspension or trading halt. Where possible, it would be useful for issuers to inform investors when the issuer can respond to the Exchange's query and when the suspension of its securities or trading halt is expected to be lifted.

PART V: CONCLUSION

14. This Practice Note sets out the normal procedures which MS Department undertakes when querying issuers on unusual trading activities. However, there may be instances when a different approach is warranted. 15. Issuers should also familiarize themselves with the Exchanges Continuing Obligations, Corporate Disclosure Policy and any other relevant Practice Notes. 16. Issuers should consult their sponsors if they have queries on this matter.

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PROFORMA WRITTEN QUERY LETTER FOR ISSUERS Cross-referenced from paragraph 8(c)

Dear [ ] Query regarding trading activity We have noted, and draw your attention to, a change in the [price/volume] of your shares on [date]. To ensure a fair and orderly market, please answer each of the following: Question 1: Are you aware of any information not previously announced concerning you (the issuer), your subsidiaries or associated companies which, if known, might explain the trading? If yes, the information must be announced immediately. Are you aware of any other possible explanation for the trading? Can you confirm your compliance with the listing rules and, in particular, listing

Question 2: Question 3: Rule [703]? Question 4:

[other questions]

Please consult your sponsor and respond immediately via SGXNET. Where appropriate, you may want to request a suspension of trading or a trading halt. Please contact Market Control Department immediately. Thank you for your cooperation. We have released this letter via SGXNET. Yours faithfully HEAD, MARKET SURVEILLANCE

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Notes: (i) Subject to limited exceptions in Rule 703, an issuer must announce any information known to the issuer concerning it or any of its subsidiaries or associated companies which is necessary to avoid the establishment of a false market in the issuers securities, or would be likely to materially affect the price or value of its securities must be publicly disclosed (Rule 703). (ii) An issuer must undertake a review to determine the causes of any unusual trading activity (paragraph 22 of Appendix 7A). (iii) An announcement should, among other things, state whether the issuer or any of its directors are aware of the reasons for the unusual trading activity and whether there is any material information which has not been publicly disclosed (Paragraph 33 of Appendix 7A). (iv) Your responsibility under listing rules is not confined to, or necessarily satisfied by, answering the questions in this letter. (v) An announcement must contain a statement by your sponsor as required under Rule 752(2).

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PRACTICE NOTE 7C GUIDE FOR OPERATING AND FINANCIAL REVIEW


Cross-referenced from Rule 1204(4)

PART I: INTRODUCTION

1. This Practice Note publishes the guide provided by the Council on Corporate Disclosure and Governance on the Operating and Financial Review in an annual report. 2. Issuers are encouraged to follow the OFR Guide, but it is not compulsory.

PART II: OFR Guide

3. The OFR Guide is enclosed.

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GUIDE FOR OPERATING AND FINANCIAL REVIEW

CONTENTS Introduction Objectives and Tenets of the Operating and Financial Review Principles and Guidelines 1 2 3

INTRODUCTION 1. The objective of the Operating and Financial Review (OFR) in annual reports is to provide users with an understanding of the company by providing an analysis of the companys businesses as seen through the eyes of the directors and management. The OFR serves to facilitate assessment of the companys business and business objectives, its principal drivers of performance, the dynamics of the business, and the performance and financial condition of the company. 2. Companies listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) are currently required to include a discussion of their operating and financial performance and business outlook under 1 the SGX listing rules . This Guide provides a set of best practice guidance to listed companies in the preparation of the OFR in their annual reports, which will complement and supplement the financial statements. 3. The approach taken in this Guide is to set out general guidance, in the form of Principles and Guidelines, on the OFR, rather than to prescribe a set of mandatory rules or requirements. Adherence with the Guide is voluntary. The Principles set out in the Guide should be regarded as fundamental to the preparation of a good OFR. The Guidelines elaborate on how those principles can be applied. 4. Listed companies are encouraged to apply these best practices for disclosure of information in their OFRs. It is recognised that not all items in the guidelines may be relevant to all companies, as companies vary by size, industry group and other factors. The guidance should also not be regarded as a comprehensive list of the matters that might be considered by the directors and management to be relevant to an assessment of the company. The OFR should focus on those matters that are considered significant to that company as a whole. It is for the directors and management to decide how best to apply the framework of this Guide to the particular circumstances of the company.

______________ Rule 1204(4).

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OBJECTIVES AND TENETS OF THE OPERATING AND FINANCIAL REVIEW 1. The objective of the OFR is to provide users with a good understanding of the company by providing a historical and prospective analysis of the companys businesses as seen through the eyes of the directors and management. The OFR should assist the users assessment of its performance and understanding of the future direction of the company. The OFR should focus on matters of significance to the company as a whole. 2. The focus of the OFR is on explanations and analysis. It should contain analytical description, rather than replicate information in the financial statements. It should discuss and interpret the performance and financial condition of the company, in the context of opportunities and risks impacting the operations of the company and known or reasonably expected changes in the environment in which it operates. The OFR should discuss known trends and factors relevant to forming a view as to likely future performance. An explanation of the trends and uncertainties known to be facing the company would not require a forecast of the outcome of such uncertainties. Rather, the explanation should be sufficient to permit readers of the financial report to form their own judgements of the outcomes of such uncertainties. 3. The benefits of particular disclosures should be balanced against any potential commercial risks to the company from the disclosure of commercially sensitive information. This Guide does not expect that disclosure be made by listed companies of information of a commercially prejudicial or sensitive nature that a reasonable person would not expect to be disclosed, for example where:(a) (b) (c) the information concerns a trade secret; the information concerns an incomplete proposal or negotiation; or information comprises matters of supposition and is insufficiently definite to warrant disclosure.

4 Information and analysis contained in the OFR should, as far as possible, be neutral and free from bias, dealing even-handedly with both good and bad aspects. The directors and management should ensure that material information is not omitted. Where the information in the OFR relates to financial information, it should be consistent with information in the audited financial statements. This should not be taken to mean that an audit of the OFR is required.

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PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES

(A)

Presentation of the OFR

Principle 1 1 The OFR should focus on matters that are relevant to investors. It should be easy for users of financial reports to understand. Guidelines 1.1 The OFR should be written in a style that is clear and readily understood. It should avoid the use of technical language as far as possible. Figures and graphics may be useful to assist understanding of discussions in the OFR. 1.2 To facilitate reference to OFR disclosures by users of the annual report, it could be useful to include the key discussions of the OFR in a distinct, stand-alone section of the annual report. However, companies may decide that, in the context of the format of their annual report, it would be preferable to incorporate some of the discussion within other sections of the annual report, such as the Chairmans statement or the Chief Executive Officers statement. 1.3 While the approach adopted for the presentation of the OFR may evolve over time, or differ from that adopted by other companies, disclosure should be sufficient for the user to be able to compare the information presented in the OFR of the company with that in previous periods, and with information about other companies in the same industry or sectors, where practical.

(B)

Company Overview, Objectives and Strategy

Principle 2 2 The OFR should describe the nature of the company, its objectives and broad strategies, and explain the main areas of operation of the companys business, as context for the discussion and analysis of performance and financial position. The discussion in the OFR should cover the group business of the listed company, including its principal subsidiaries. Guidelines 2.1 The OFR should discuss the objectives for the business and broadly, managements strategy for achieving them. Objectives may be defined in terms of financial performance. Non-financial objectives may also be discussed, where relevant. 2.2 Depending on the nature of the business, discussion of the companys business and operations might cover areas such as: the industries, locations and markets in which the company operates; its main products and services, business processes and distribution methods, and intellectual property; the structure of the company and main operating facilities; and

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any significant changes to the legal, social, political and regulatory environments that influence the company.

Principle 3 3 The key financial and non-financial performance indicators used by management to assess the company and its performance should be discussed. Guidelines 3.1 The OFR would normally include a range of financial and non-financial measures used to measure the companys performance. Comparability would be enhanced if the measures disclosed are accepted and widely used within the industry sector or more generally. Where practical, performance indicators should be compared with previous periods to outline trends. 3.2 The measures used should be defined, and the basis for calculation explained. Comparative amounts should be disclosed. Material changes in the financial measures disclosed, including significant changes in the underlying accounting policies applied, should be identified and explained. Comparative amounts should be restated on the new basis, where practical.

(C)

Operating Review

Principle 4 4 The OFR should discuss the significant features of performance for the period covered by the financial report, focusing on the overall company as well as those business or geographic segments that are relevant to an understanding of the performance as a whole. Guidelines 4.1 The OFR should identify and explain the main factors that affect the activities and performance of the company, and in particular discuss those that either have varied in the past or are expected to change in the future. Discussion of past performance should be supplemented by known trends and factors that are likely to affect future performance. 4.2 Key components of the result of operations should be discussed, including major sources of revenues, where appropriate. The OFR should also discuss any significant changes in capital employed. The OFR should discuss the results in comparison with prior periods and any projections publicly disclosed by the company. 4.3 The OFR should set out the analysis of any significant effect on performance of changes in the industry or the environment in which the company operates and of developments within the company, for example: changes in market conditions; the introduction or announcement of new products and services; new activities, discontinued activities and other acquisitions and disposals; asset impairments; and

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results of any material acquisition, and extent to which published expectations at the time of acquisition have been realised.

4.4 The analysis should cover any other special factors that have affected performance in the period under review, even where the effect cannot be quantified. Where unusual or infrequent events or transactions have affected the result for a period, the OFR should discuss their nature and impact on the company. The discussion should comment on the impact on future operations of significant post-balance sheet events. The OFR should enable users to assess the significance of the ongoing and core activities of the company and the sustainability of performance relating to those activities.

Principle 5 5 The OFR should discuss the dynamics and risk factors of the business.

Guidelines 5.1 This should include a discussion identifying the significant opportunities, risks and threats facing the business, together with a commentary on the strategies and processes applied to managing them, and in qualitative terms, the nature of their potential impact on performance. Known factors and influences that may have a material effect on future performance and financial position, particularly within the 12 months from the date when the financial statements are authorised for issue, should be discussed. 5.2 A commentary on the strengths and resources of the business that should assist the company in the pursuit of its objectives would be useful. This could include items that are not reflected in the balance sheet, e.g corporate reputation and brand equity, licences, patents, copyrights and trademarks, and research and development.

Principle 6 6 The OFR should comment on investments and measures to maintain and enhance the position and profitability of the company. Guidelines 6.1 The nature of activities and expenditure by the company to maintain and enhance the position and profitability of the company should be discussed. It could include description of major projects that involve capital expenditure being undertaken by the company. Qualitative information as to the benefits expected from such activities and expenditure could be given.

(D)

Financial Review

Principle 7 7 The OFR should identify and explain significant matters which affect the companys financial condition. It should discuss the capital structure and capital management policies of the company, its treasury policy, the dynamics of the companys financial position and its funding and liquidity position.

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Guidelines 7.1 The OFR should contain a discussion of the capital structure of the company, including the maturity profile of its debt, type of financial instruments used and currency and interest rate exposures. This could include comments on the companys debt rating and relevant ratios such as interest cover and debt/equity ratios. The purpose and effect of major financing transactions undertaken up to the date the financial statements are authorised for issue should be explained. 7.2 The discussion should cover the capital funding and treasury policies and objectives that are significant to the companys performance. The types of items that might be discussed include: the currencies in which borrowings are made and in which cash and cash equivalents are held; maturity profile of borrowings and extent of fixed-rate borrowings; mix between equity and debt financing; significant investments held; risk management policies; hedging policies and the use of financial instruments for hedging; use of special purpose entities and other off-balance sheet arrangements; and capital management, including share buy-backs and capital restructuring.

7.3 To assist understanding of the cash flow and liquidity position of the company, the cash generated from operations, and other cash flows during the period under review should be discussed. The OFR should comment on any special factors that influenced cash flows in the current period and any known factors that may have a significant effect on future cash flows. 7.4 The companys liquidity and funding at the end of the period under review should be discussed. Discussion of significant funding requirements for capital expenditure and servicing of borrowings would be useful. The OFR could also comment on the level of borrowings, the seasonality of borrowing requirements, undrawn financing facilities and the maturity profile of both borrowings and undrawn committed borrowing facilities. 7.5 Where the company has entered into covenants with lenders which could have the effect of restricting the use of credit facilities and a material breach of a covenant has occurred or is expected to occur, the measures taken or proposed to remedy the situation should be disclosed. 7.6 To facilitate the users understanding of the financial statements, it would be useful for the OFR to identify and discuss the critical accounting policies, estimates and judgements made that are key to the interpretation of the companys financial statements. Such information would be particularly relevant for areas where subjective judgements are involved or for companies with complex financial structures.

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Principle 8 8 The OFR should discuss the overall return attributable to shareholders, including distributions and share repurchases. Guidelines 8.1 All forms of shareholder returns, including share buy-backs, dividend distribution, other forms of return of capital and shareholder plans should be discussed and their effects should be explained. The OFR should also include a commentary on the various factors (including profitability) contributing to the dividend for the financial year, including the overall dividend policy.

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PRACTICE NOTE 7D CORPORATE ACTIONS REQUIRING THE ENGAGEMENT OF A SPONSOR


Cross-referenced from Rule 745(3) and definition of corporate finance advisory work

PART I: INTRODUCTION 1. This Practice Note provides guidance on when the engagement of a sponsor would be required pursuant to Rule 745(3). 2. Issuers should consult with their sponsors with respect to the application of the rules. When in doubt, sponsors must consult the Exchange. 3. Rule 745(3) states that where an issuer requires a professional to provide corporate finance advice in relation to any corporate action, it may engage its sponsor or any other sponsor authorised by the Exchange to provide such advice. Arising from this Rule, a sponsor is generally required for the provision of corporate finance advice, having regard to their obligations to advise the issuer on compliance with Catalist Rules. 4. A sponsor is however not required in situations where the Rules to be complied with are procedural in nature and thus expected to pose less regulatory risks. Non-sponsor professionals providing corporate finance advice in such situations should nevertheless have an established track record of discharging their responsibilities properly in similar roles.

PART II: CORPORATE ACTIONS THAT REQUIRE A SPONSOR 5. For the purpose of complying with Rule 745(3), an issuer is required to engage a sponsor to provide corporate finance advice in relation to the following corporate actions or transactions: a. transfer of listing to SGX Main Board pursuant to Rule 408; b. issue of securities, including rights issue or placement of shares; company warrants; or other convertible securities, for cash or as consideration for an acquisition notwithstanding that the acquisition is not a Major Transaction, except where the issue of securities falls under paragraph 6(c) below; c. issue of shares or convertible securities or options by a principal subsidiary pursuant to Rule 805(2);

d. approval of a share option scheme or share scheme pursuant to Rule 842(3) where the terms of the scheme may be prejudicial to the interest of shareholders; e. capital reduction or distribution; f. approval of a scrip dividend scheme where the terms of the scheme may be prejudicial to shareholders;

g. Interested Person Transaction (IPT) requiring specific shareholders approval pursuant to Chapter 9 of the Catalist Rules, including the provision of independent financial advice; h. Major Transaction under Rule 1013 (Major Transaction); i. Very Substantial Acquisition or Reverse Takeover under Rule 1015, in which case a Full Sponsor is required; independent financial advice in relation to a whitewash resolution or an issuer which is the subject of a takeover, as required pursuant to the Singapore Code of Takeovers and Mergers;

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Scheme of Arrangement; and delisting pursuant to Rule 1305 or 1307, including the provision of independent financial advice pursuant to Rule 1308(2) on the exit offer.

6. An issuer is not required to engage a sponsor for corporate finance advice in relation to the following corporate action or transactions:a. approval or renewal of a General Share Issue Mandate pursuant to Rule 806; b. approval or renewal of a Share Buy-Back Mandate pursuant to Rule 866; c. issue of securities pursuant to an employee or performance share/share option plan, bonus issue, scrip dividend, or stock/share split or consolidation;

d. approval or renewal of a share or share option scheme, except where the scheme falls under paragraph 5(d) above; e. approval of a scrip dividend scheme, except where the scheme falls under paragraph 5(f) above; f. approval or renewal of an IPT Mandate pursuant to Chapter 9 of the Catalist Rules, including the provision of independent financial advice; and

g. alteration of its memorandum or articles of association. 7. The corporate actions or transactions which are set out in this Practice Note are not exhaustive. Where a particular corporate action or transaction being contemplated by an issuer does not fall within paragraphs 5 or 6 above, the issuer must consult with its sponsor. When in doubt, sponsors must consult the Exchange.

PART III: ENGAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL ADVISORS BY ISSUERS AND SPONSORS 8. Rule 745(3) allows an issuer to engage its sponsor or any other sponsor authorised by the Exchange to provide corporate finance advice. Where another sponsor is appointed, the continuing sponsor of the issuer shall retain overall management and responsibility for the corporate action or transaction, principally with regards to advising the issuer on compliance with Catalist Rules and the proper discharge of the sponsors obligations pursuant to Rule 226(4). 9. Where a sponsor is engaged to provide corporate finance advice, such sponsor may choose to outsource part of its work to other financial advisors, which need not also be a sponsor. The continuing sponsor of the issuer shall retain overall management and responsibility for the corporate action or transaction including the work done by such outsourced advisor(s). 10. While such outsourced advisors may be named in documents, announcements and circulars as appropriate for the roles in which they performed for the corporate action or transaction, for avoidance of doubt, such document, announcement or circular should also state clearly that the continuing sponsor of the issuer retains overall responsibility for the corporate action or transaction.

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PRACTICE NOTE 8A RIGHTS ISSUE TIMETABLE


Cross-referenced from Rule 823

The following is the expected timetable for a rights issue:

No of market days after books closure date (D) (a) To despatch SRAFs to shareholders who hold shares in their securities accounts with CDP Commencement of trading of nil-paid rights Latest day for trading of nil-paid rights D+3

(b) (c)

D+3 on or after D+9

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PRACTICE NOTE 10A SHAREHOLDER APPROVAL FOR MAJOR TRANSACTIONS


Cross-referenced from Rule 1014

PART I: INTRODUCTION

1. This Practice Note sets out the circumstances under which the Exchange may grant a waiver of the requirement for shareholder approval of any major transactions. 2. This Practice Note sets out general principles only. The Exchange invites companies to consult on a particular transaction if it wants certainty with respect to the application of the Rules.

PART II: MAJOR TRANSACTIONS

3. A major transaction is one which will result in a fundamental change in the issuers business, or where any of the relative figures as computed on the bases set out in Rule 1006 exceeds: (a) for an acquisition, 75% but is less than 100%, or (b) for a disposal, 50%. Pursuant to Rule 1014, a major transaction must be made conditional upon approval by shareholders in general meeting and a circular containing the information in Rule 1010 must be sent to all shareholders. 4. Rule 1006 sets out the following bases for computing the relative size of a transaction: (a) The net asset value of the assets to be disposed of, compared with the groups net asset value. This basis is not applicable to an acquisition of assets. (b) The net profits attributable to the assets acquired or disposed of, compared with the groups net profits. (c) The aggregate value of the consideration given or received, compared with the issuers market capitalisation. (d) The number of equity securities issued by the issuer as consideration for an acquisition, compared with the number of equity securities previously in issue. 5. Rule 1002(1) states that, unless the context otherwise requires, transaction refers to the acquisition or disposal of assets by an issuer or a subsidiary that is not listed on the Exchange or an approved Exchange, including an option to acquire or dispose of assets. It excludes an acquisition or disposal which is in, or in connection with, the ordinary course of its business or of a revenue nature.

PART III: TRANSACTIONS IN, OR IN CONNECTION WITH, THE ORDINARY COURSE OF AN ISSUERS BUSINESS

6. In determining whether a transaction can be regarded as in the ordinary course of an issuers business, the Exchange will have regard to the issuers existing core business. This is elaborated in paragraphs 7 and 8 below.

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7. Acquisitions (a) Shareholder approval is not required if an acquisition will result in an expansion of an issuers existing core business. The Exchange takes the view that it should not in normal circumstances require an issuer to seek shareholder approval if the expansion is by way of an acquisition of a similar business, when other means to expand its business that are open to the issuer would not require shareholder approval. (b) However, should the acquisition change the risk profile of the issuer, shareholders should have an opportunity to have their say on the proposed acquisition. This is so notwithstanding that the acquisition will not change the main business of the issuer. (c) In determining whether an acquisition would change an issuers risk profile, the Exchange will have regard to the following: (i) whether the acquisition will increase the scale of the issuers existing operations significantly. An acquisition is regarded as increasing the scale of operations significantly if any of the relative figures computed on the bases set out in Rule 1006(c) and 1006(d) is 100% or more. Rule 1015 requires shareholder approval to be obtained for such an acquisition regardless of whether the acquisition is treated as in the issuers ordinary course of business. Such an acquisition may be treated as a very substantial acquisition; whether the acquisition will result in a change in control of the issuer. Rule 1015 requires shareholder approval to be obtained if the acquisition will result in a change in control of the issuer regardless of whether the acquisition is treated as in the issuers ordinary course of business. Such an acquisition may be treated as a reverse takeover; whether the acquisition will have a significant adverse impact on the issuers earnings, working capital and gearing; the extent to which the acquisition will result in an expansion of the issuers business to a new geographical market; and the extent to which the intended expansion has been foreshadowed and investors have had an opportunity to vote at previous general meetings on: (A) the issuers proposal; or (B) waiving their rights to approve the issuers proposal.

(ii)

(iii)

(iv)

(v)

(d) The above factors are not exhaustive. 8. Disposals (a) The disposal of an issuers core business (or a substantial part of its core business) will usually result in a material change to the nature of the issuers business. Thus, shareholders should have an opportunity to consider the future direction of the issuer, and Rule 1014 will be applied. (b) However, in exceptional circumstances, the Exchange may waive Rule 1014 if the intended disposal has been foreshadowed and investors have had the opportunity to vote at previous general meetings on: (i) the issuers proposal to dispose of specific assets or businesses; or (ii) waiving their rights to approve the issuers proposal. (c) Further, where an issuer proposes to dispose of a non-core business or a non-core asset (for example, a vacant factory) without affecting the nature of its main business, it is reasonable in

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normal circumstances to expect shareholders not to be overly concerned about the disposal. The Exchange may grant a waiver under such circumstances. 9. Issuers should consult their sponsors as early as possible about whether a proposed transaction must comply with the Rules. Sponsors should consult the Exchange if in doubt on the interpretation or application of the Rules, or on the guidance given in this Practice Note.

PART IV: RELATIVE FIGURES

10. Under Rule 1014, the profit test does not apply to an acquisition of profitable assets as shareholders are not expected in normal circumstances to be concerned if the assets to be acquired are profit contributors. Similarly, shareholders generally would not be concerned if the assets to be disposed of are non-core or loss-making. Thus, for such disposals, the Exchange may grant a waiver of Rule 1014 from the requirement to seek shareholder approval for the disposal. 11. In some cases, tests based on assets and profits may not give a meaningful indication of the significance of the transaction to the issuer. This can happen where, for example, the issuer or the asset to be acquired is loss-making; or the issuer or the asset to be acquired has a negative net asset value. The limit of 75% in Rule 1013 cannot be applied in such circumstances. The Exchange will assess the significance of the transaction on a case by case basis, and sponsors should consult the Exchange as early as possible.

PART V: VOTING

12. Undertaking From Substantial Shareholder(s) Regarding Voting (a) The Exchange will not grant a waiver from the requirement for shareholder approval solely on the basis that the substantial shareholders of the issuer have undertaken to vote in favour of the transaction. As a general rule, shareholders should be given the opportunity to have their say on the issuers proposal. 13. Separate Resolution (a) If a transaction requires more than one approval, the issuers should consider whether separate resolutions on the different aspects of the proposal are put to shareholders. One matter that the Exchange will consider when clearing a circular to shareholders is whether the resolutions have been constructed in a way that allows shareholders to properly exercise their voting rights.

PART VI: COST AND INCONVENIENCE OF CONVENING A SHAREHOLDER MEETING

14. The Exchange would not in normal circumstances regard only the cost and inconvenience of convening a meeting as sufficient reasons to grant a waiver.

PART VII: CONSIDERATION

15. For the purposes of determining the relative figure of Rule 1006(c), the aggregate value of consideration given or received should include:

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(a) any deferred consideration that may be payable or receivable by the issuer in the future (the consideration is the maximum total consideration payable or receivable under the agreement); and (b) further amounts related to the transaction. 16. Issuers should consult their sponsors as early as possible about whether further amounts relating to the transaction are part of consideration. For example, loans or guarantees extended by the purchaser, the discharge of any liabilities (whether actual or contingent), or the provision of other forms of security, may be deemed to be part of consideration.

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PRACTICE NOTE 13A PROCEDURES FOR TRADING HALT AND SUSPENSION


Cross-referenced from Rules 1301, 1302 and 1303 and paragraph 23 of Appendix 7A

PART I: INTRODUCTION

1. This Practice Note provides guidance on the procedures for trading halt and suspension. 2. A trading halt is a short term trading stoppage requested by an issuer to disclose material information. It is generally requested for a minimum of thirty minutes to a maximum of three market days. When a trading halt is being lifted, a stock will enter into the phase that the market is then in. 3. A suspension is generally a longer term trading stoppage that can be requested either by an issuer or imposed by the Exchange. When a suspension is being lifted, a stock will enter into an adjust phase for a minimum duration of 15 minutes before normal trading commences. 4. In a trading halt, orders in the system are not purged until the end of the trading day while for a suspension, all orders are purged at the time of the suspension. 5. The Exchange will normally only halt or suspend the trading of an issuers securities at the request of the issuer. The sponsor is responsible to advise the issuer and notify the Exchange if it forms the view that a trading halt or suspension is warranted. Where there is a difference in opinion between the sponsor and the issuer, the Exchange will take into account both the sponsors and the issuers views when acting on such requests.

PART II: TRADING HOURS

6. Our trading hours are from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Opening Routine is a 30-minute session before trading commences at 9.00 am, i.e. 8.30 am to 9.00 am. Closing Routine will run for 6 minutes after 5.00 pm, i.e. 5.00 pm to 5.06 pm.

PART III: PROCEDURES FOR TRADING HALT AND SUSPENSION

7. A trading halt or suspension can be applied at any time. When an issuer wishes to request for a trading halt or suspension in its securities during trading hours, it must first contact the officers in Market Control (MC). After alerting the MC officer, the issuer can then send the SGXNET announcement to request for a trading Halt or suspension. 8. In the SGXNET announcement, issuers should state the reason for requesting the trading halt or suspension. The announcement should include the statement required under Rule 752(2). 9. Issuers are to observe the following guidelines when requesting for a trading halt or suspension: (a) During trading hours (9.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm) Please call and alert Market Control before releasing the request via SGXNET.

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(b) Between 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm on a trading day Please call and alert Market Control before 1.30 pm although the SGXNET request can be released. (c) Before or after trading hours Please call and alert Market Control before 8.30am although the SGXNET request can be released.

PART IV: PROCEDURES FOR LIFTING OF TRADING HALT AND RESUMPTION OF TRADING FROM SUSPENSION

10. For both trading halt and suspension, trading can resume only on the quarter-hour, that is, at the following times: 9.00 am 10.00 am 11.00 am 12.00 pm 2.00 pm 3.00 pm 4.00 pm 9.15 am 10.15 am 11.15 am 12.15 pm 2.15 pm 3.15 pm 4.15 pm 9.30 am 10.30 am 11.30 am 2.30 pm 3.30 pm 4.30 pm 9.45 am 10.45 am 11.45 am 2.45 pm 3.45 pm 4.45 pm

11. Issuers must allow at least 30 minutes of dissemination time after a material announcement is made and before trading resumes. 12. Issuers are to observe the following guidelines when issuing an SGXNET announcement to request for a Lifting of Trading Halt or Resumption of Trading From Suspension: (a) During trading hours (9.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm) Please call and alert Market Control before releasing the request via SGXNET. (b) Between 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm on a trading day Please call and alert Market Control before 1.30 pm although the SGXNET request can be released. (Issuers are to note that the material announcement must be released before 1.00 pm and the SGXNET request for Lifting of Trading Halt or Resumption of Trading from Suspension should be sent in subsequently latest by 1.15 pm.) (c) Before or After Trading Hours Please call and alert Market Control before 8.30 am although the SGXNET request can be released. (Issuers are to note that the material announcement must be released before 7.30 am and the SGXNET request for Lifting of Trading Halt or Resumption of Trading from Suspension should be sent in subsequently latest by 8.15 am.)

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PART V: SGXNET TEMPLATES

13. Issuers must use the correct template when sending in the above requests. Issuers can choose from the following four templates: a. Request for Trading Halt; b. Request for Suspension; c. Request for Lifting of Trading Halt; or d. Request for Resumption of Trading from Suspension.

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PRACTICE NOTE 14A CATALIST TRANSITION PROCESS AND TIMETABLE


Cross-referenced from Rule 1402

1. Introduction (a) This Practice Note sets out the details and timetable on the transition measures to bring Catalist issuers into compliance with Catalist Rules by the Transition Date. (b) All Catalist Non-Sponsored issuers, except those suspended pursuant to Rule 1303 of the Listing Manual, must comply with the transition requirements set out in this Practice Note. 2. Transition Measures (a) Quarterly Progress Report to SGX By 1 November 2008, Catalist Non-Sponsored issuers must submit the first progress report to SGX Catalist Regulation. Thereafter from 1 January 2009, a progress report must be submitted to SGX Catalist Regulation within 45 days after the end of each of the first three quarters and 60 days after the end of the financial year. Such progress reports must be copied to the issuers Board of Directors and incorporate the following information: (i) Name of issuer; (ii) Reporting period; (iii) Name, designation and contact details of Director or person in charge of the search and appointment of sponsor (iv) Updated timetable of milestones, including but not limited to estimated time periods allocated for the search for a suitable sponsor, negotiation of terms, as well as the estimated dates for the board approval of and the appointment of sponsor; (v) If applicable, description of any plans that the company will implement as an alternative to appointing a sponsor, such as undergoing a reverse takeover, merger & acquisition, or transferring to Mainboard; (vi) List of sponsors approached to date; and (vii) Any other relevant information (b) Quarterly Progress Update to shareholders and investors From 1 January 2009, Catalist Non-Sponsored issuers must also announce via SGXNET, within 45 days after the end of each of the first three quarters and 60 days after the end of the financial year, the following information: (i) as required in 2(a)(i) to (iv); (ii) as required in 2(a)(v), if such information has been announced by the company, and (iii) any other relevant information.

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(c) Requirement to appoint Sponsors for corporate actions From 1 January 2009, Catalist Non-Sponsored issuers must appoint a sponsor and comply with Catalist Rules when undertaking any of the following corporate actions: (i) Rights issue or placement of shares, company warrants or other convertible securities for cash, excluding shares issued pursuant to an employee or performance share/share option plan; (ii) Major transaction as defined under Rule 1013 of the Listing Manual of the former SESDAQ rules; (iii) Transaction that will require shareholders approval pursuant to Chapter 9 of the Listing Manual of the former SESDAQ rules; and (iv) Scheme of Arrangement. (d) Suspension of Catalist Non-Sponsored issuers after the Transition Date (i) From 6 February 2010, trading of securities of Catalist Non-Sponsored issuers that have not appointed a sponsor on or before the Transition Date and announced the date from which they will comply with Catalist Rules as agreed with the Exchange, will be suspended. (ii) The suspended Catalist Non-Sponsored issuers must submit quarterly progress reports to SGX and announce quarterly progress updates via SGXNet as required in 2(a) and 2(b) respectively. (iii) The suspension will only be lifted and the issuers trading status reinstated if the Catalist Non-Sponsored issuers appoint a Sponsor in accordance with Rule 1403(3) and comply with Catalist Rules before 31 December 2010. (e) Delisting of Catalist Non-Sponsored issuers after 31 December 2010 After 31 December 2010, Catalist Non-Sponsored issuers will be delisted and removed from the Official List. Pursuant to Rule 1404(2), issuers will be required to offer a reasonable exit alternative, which should normally be in cash, to: (i) Its shareholders; and (ii) Holders of any other classes of listed securities to be delisted. The issuers should normally appoint an independent financial adviser which need not be an approved sponsor to advise on the exit offer. The delisting will take effect after completion of the exit offer.

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3. Catalist Transition Timetable No. 1. 2. 3. Transition Measure Quarterly progress report to SGX Quarterly progress update to investors Requirement to appoint a sponsor when undertaking certain corporate actions Transition Date Date of Suspension of Catalist NonSponsored issuers Date of Delisting Implementation Date 1 November 2008 1 January 2009 1 January 2009

4. 5.

5 February 2010 6 February 2010

6.

After 31 December 2010, subject to completion of exit offer

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