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Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation Rules Governing Review of Securities Listings  CH

Amended Date: 2021.04.07 (Articles 28-2, 28-4, 28-7 amended,English version coming soon)
Current English version amended on 2020.03.30 
Categories: Primary Market > Review

Title: Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation Rules Governing Review of Securities Listings(2009.12.23)
Date:
Article 26 Where a foreign issuer and its depositary institution applying for listing Taiwan depositary receipts meet the following requirements, the TWSE may issue documentation evidencing approval of the listing thereof:
1. Number of units of Taiwan depositary receipts to be listed: 20 million units or more, or market value of NT$300 million or more.
2. The shares, or the securities representing such shares, issued by the foreign issuer in accordance with the laws of its home country have been listed on one of the stock exchanges or securities markets approved by the Competent Authority before the listing of the Taiwan depositary receipts under the listing application.
3. Shareholders' equity: At the time of application for listing, the shareholders' equity stated on the financial report audited and certified by a Certified Public Accountant for the most recent period shall not be less than the equivalent of NT$600 million.
4. Profitability: It does not have accumulated deficit in the most recent one (1) fiscal year and meets one of the following criteria:
(1) The income before tax for each of the most recent two years represents not less than 6 percent of the shareholders' equity as shown in its final accounts, or the average income before tax for the most recent one year is 6 percent or greater; or
(2) The ratio of income before tax to shareholder's equity in the final accounting for each of the past two (2) fiscal years is 3 percent or higher, or the average is 3 percent or higher, and the profitability in the most recent fiscal year is better year-on-year than in the preceding year.
(3) The income before tax for each of the most recent two years shall be NT$250 million or more.
5. Dispersion of shareholdings: At the time of proposed listing, the number of holders of the Taiwan depositary receipts in the Republic of China is not less than 1,000 persons, and the total number of units held by holders other than insiders of the foreign issuer and juristic persons of which such insiders own over 50% of the shareholding is not less than 20 percent of the total units issued or is 10 million units or more.
6. There shall be no restriction on transfer of stock, or securities representing such stock, represented by Taiwan depositary receipts.
7. The rights and obligations of the holders of stock, or securities representing such stock, represented by Taiwan depositary receipts shall be identical with those of other stock, or securities representing such stock, of the same class issued at the same time.
The financial information referred to in Subparagraphs 3 and 4 of the preceding paragraph will be examined [by the TWSE] based on the consolidated report or the consolidated financial statement prepared by the said foreign issuer in accordance with the laws and regulations of its home country and the audit opinion issued by a certified public accountant in the Republic of China stating the differences between the accounting principles applicable in the Republic of China and the accounting principles applicable in the home country of the said foreign issuer and the impact of such differences on such financial reports.
After the foreign issuer obtains the TWSE's evidentiary documentation approving its application to list Taiwan Depositary Receipts and receives written notification from the TWSE that its listing application has been approved by the Competent Authority, it shall conduct a public sale pursuant to regulations. If the Taiwan Depositary Receipts for which the foreign issuer applied for listing are not listed for trading within three months from the date of the TWSE's written notification, after a report has been submitted to and approved by the Competent Authority, the listing contract shall be voided. If the foreign issuer, with legitimate reason, applies for an extension, then after the TWSE approves such extension and reports to the Competent Authority for approval and recordation, the foreign issuer may be granted a one-time only three-month extension.
Article 27-1 The TWSE may issue documentation evidencing approval of listing of the stock or Taiwan depositary receipts of a foreign issuer that applies for a secondary stock listing or that sponsors issuance of Taiwan Depositary Receipts by a depositary institution if the Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs or a professional institution engaged by the TWSE issues an unequivocal opinion it is a technology enterprise, has successfully developed marketable goods or technology, and meets each of the following criteria:
1. Number of shares to be listed or units of Taiwan depositary receipts to be listed: 20 million shares or more, or shares with a market price of NT$300 million or more; or 20 million units or more, or units with a market price of NT$300 million or more.
2. The securities underwriter has provided a written recommendation.
3. The shares, or the securities representing such shares, issued by the foreign issuer in accordance with the laws of its home country have been listed on one of the stock exchanges or securities markets approved by the Competent Authority before the listing of the stocks or Taiwan depositary receipts under the listing application.
4. Shareholders' equity: At the time of application for listing, the shareholders' equity stated on the financial report audited and certified by a Certified Public Accountant for the most recent period shall be the equivalent of NT$300 million or more.
5. Profitability: There are neither accumulated deficits in the most recent accounting year nor the period of the most recent financial report audited and certified by a Certified Public Accountant as of the time of application for listing.
6. Dispersion of shareholdings: At the time of the proposed listing, the number of registered shareholders or holders of the Taiwan depositary receipts in the Republic of China is not less than 1,000 persons, and the total number of shares held by the shareholders or holders of the Taiwan depositary receipts other than insiders of the foreign issuer and juristic persons of which such insiders own over 50% of the shareholding is 20 percent or more of the total number of issued shares or is 10 million shares or more.
1. Number of shares to be listed: 20 million shares or more, or shares with a market price of NT$300 million or more.
2. The securities underwriter has provided a written recommendation.
3. The registered shares issued by the foreign issuer in accordance with the laws of its home country have been listed on one of the stock exchanges or securities markets approved by the Competent Authority before the listing of the stocks or Taiwan depositary receipts under the listing application.
4. Shareholders' equity: At the time of application for listing, the shareholders' equity stated on the financial report audited and certified by a Certified Public Accountant for the most recent period shall be the equivalent of NT$500 million or more.
5. Profitability: There are neither accumulated deficits in the most recent accounting year nor the period of the most recent financial report audited and certified by a Certified Public Accountant as of the time of application for listing.
6. Dispersion of shareholdings: At the time of the proposed listing, the number of registered shareholders in the Republic of China shall not be less than 1,000 persons, and the total number of shares or units held by the shareholders who hold 1,000 shares to 50,000 shares shall represent 20 percent or more of the total number of issued shares or total number of issued units issued units, or shall be 10 million shares or 10 million units or more. In addition, the total number of registered shareholders shall be 2,000 persons or more, and the ratio of shareholding by the general public other than the insiders of the company shall not be less than 25 percent of its total issued shares.
7. The stock to be listed shall be the same class of stock listed on other stock exchanges or securities markets. The rights and obligations of the holders of stock shall be identical with those of the same class of stock listed on other stock exchanges or securities markets. Local holders of the stock shall not be restricted from selling the stock on foreign stock exchanges or securities markets.
Article 28 Where a foreign issuer and its agent or depositary institution apply for the listing of stock or Taiwan depositary receipts issued as a result of capital increase by cash and having rights and obligations identical with those of the stock or depositary receipts already listed; or for listing of Taiwan depositary receipts in the issuance of which the foreign issuer has participated through its previously issued shares, the TWSE may, after examining and verifying the completeness of the submitted supporting documents and finding that none of the following circumstances exists, issue documents evidencing approval of the listing and, after filing for effective registration with the Competent Authority, publicly announce the listing:
1. Any non-compliance with Article 26, paragraph 1, subparagraph 4.
2. Any violation of TWSE rules and regulations relating to material information within the most recent year, where the instance is serious in nature.
3. Any unusual change in the trading price within one month before the date of application.
4. Any violation of the laws and regulations of the home country or the country of listing, where the individual instance is serious in nature.
Where a foreign issuer and its agent or depositary institution file for the listing of additional stock due to the allocation to existing shareholders of preemptive subscription rights or bonus shares resulting from a cash capital increase with a new share issue, or due to requests for conversion or subscription of already-issued convertible corporate bonds, corporate bonds with warrants, or any other type of securities that can be converted to equity, and the rights and obligations of the holders of stock or Taiwan depositary receipts to be newly issued are identical with those of the stock or depositary receipts already listed, the TWSE will, after having verified that the supporting documents attached to the application are complete, publicly announce the listing thereof.
Where a foreign issuer and its depositary institution apply for the reissuance and listing within the amount of original issuance of those Taiwan depositary receipts which are reported on a monthly basis to have been previously redeemed and which carry the same rights and obligations as those of the Taiwan depositary receipts already listed, the TWSE shall, after receiving the said application, publicly announce the listing thereof.
Article 28-1 The TWSE may issue documentation evidencing listing approval of the application by a foreign issuer for a primary stock listing if that issuer meets all of the requirements listed below:
1. It complies with regulations in connection with the Act Governing Relations Between Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.
2. At the time it applies for listing, the applicant company or any of its controlled companies shall have an operational track record of three years or longer.
3. The company scale meets one of the following criteria:
(1) At the time of application for listing, paid-in capital or shareholders' equity is NT$600 million or higher.
(2) At the time of listing, market capitalization is NT$1.6 billion or higher.
4. Its cumulative income before tax for the most recent three fiscal years is NT$250 million or higher, and its income before tax for the most recent fiscal year is NT$120 million or higher, and it does not have any accumulated deficit.
5. Its number of shareholders of record is 1,000 or more, and the number of shareholders other than insiders of the foreign issuer and juristic persons of which such insiders own over 50% of the shareholding is no less than 500 and their total shareholdings constitute 20 percent or more of the total issued shares or not less than 10 million shares. 6. It is recommended, in writing, by two or more securities underwriters.
Where a foreign issuer applies for a primary listing of stock, if the foreign issuer or a company controlled by it that accounts for 50% of its overall operating revenue obtains an unequivocal opinion issued by the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs, or a TWSE-designated professional institution, indicating that the company is a technology enterprise and has successfully developed products or technology and those products or technology are moreover marketable, if the foreign issuer meets the requirements of the following subparagraphs, the TWSE may issue evidentiary documentation indicating its approval of the listing:
1. It complies with the relevant provisions of the Act Governing Relations Between Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.
2. At the time of the listing application, the applying company or the controlled company that is a technology enterprise shall have a business record of one full fiscal year or more.
3. At the time of the listing application, the paid-in capital or shareholders' equity reaches NT$300 million or more, or the market capitalization reaches NT$800 million or more.
4. At the time of the listing application, the net worth on the most current financial report audited and attested by a certified public accountant is not lower than two-thirds of the capital stock, with proof that the company has operating capital sufficient for 12 months of operation following the listing.
5. Its number of shareholders of record is 500 or more, and the total shareholdings of the shareholders of record other than insiders of the foreign issuer and juristic persons of which such insiders own over 50% of the shareholding constitute 20 percent or more of the total issued shares or not less than 5 million shares. 6. It is recommended by two or more securities underwriters.
"Controlled company" in the preceding paragraph means any of the following circumstances:
1. Any controlled company in which the foreign issuer directly holds more than 50 percent of the issued voting shares or has contributed more than 50 percent of the capital.
2. Any controlled company in which the foreign issuer, indirectly through a subsidiary company, holds more than 50 percent of the issued voting shares or has contributed more than 50 percent of the capital.
3. Any controlled company in which the foreign issuer directly, or indirectly through a subsidiary, holds more than 50 percent of the issued voting shares or has contributed more than 50 percent of the capital.
If a foreign issuer is a professional investor and its purpose is to directly, or indirectly through a subsidiary company, control the operations of a holding company or companies, 70 percent or more of that foreign issuer's operating income in its consolidated financial statement shall be derived from a controlled company or companies. However, it may be excluded from the application of Article 28-5 and 28-6.
Article 28-6 If a foreign issuer that is a subsidiary of a parent company applies to list its stock as a primary stock listing, and complies with the provisions of this Chapter but cannot meet all of the following requirements, and the TWSE deems it inappropriate for listing, the TWSE shall not approve its stock listing:
1. It shall submit the consolidated financial statement of the parent company and all of its subsidiaries prepared in accordance with Republic of China, United States, or international accounting standards. If that statement is not prepared in accordance with ROC financial accounting standards, the foreign issuer shall disclose any items with material discrepancies and the amount of any monetary impact of those discrepancies, and an opinion expressed by an ROC-licensed CPA regarding those items.
2. As calculated based on the consolidated financial statement submitted pursuant to the preceding subparagraph, total shareholders' equity in the most recent fiscal year shall be NT$1 billion or higher, and each of operating income and income before tax in each of the most recent two fiscal years shall be three percent or more of total shareholders' equity, provided that the aforesaid profitability percentages need not apply if the amount of purchases/sales transactions between the foreign issuer and its parent company in the fiscal year in which it applies for listing and the most recent fiscal year do not constitute 10 percent of the foreign issuer's total purchases/sales.
3. The total holdings of its shares by the parent company and its affiliated companies, and their corporate directors, supervisors, and representatives; shareholders holding over 10 percent of the total number of shares; and by their related parties may not be more than 70 percent of the total number of its shares. If those total holdings exceed 70 percent, the foreign issuer shall reduce that percentage to 70 or lower when it conducts the pre-listing public sale of its shares. This restriction does not apply, however, if the applicant company meets the descriptions as follows:
(1) Where it has an audit committee, or has independent directors more than one half of the total number of directors.
(2) Where one or more persons, other than those subject to the shareholding restriction in terms of the total number of shares as set out in this subparagraph, hold 300 million shares or more.
4. It shall have at least three independent directors.
5. In the fiscal year in which it applies for listing and the most recent fiscal year, it does not derive more than 50 percent of its operating revenue, or more than 70 percent of its principal raw materials, principal products, or the amount of its total purchases, from the parent company, provided that these restrictions shall not apply if due to special industry characteristics, conditions of supply and demand in the market, or another legitimate reason.