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Amendments

Title:
Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation Rules Governing Review of Call (Put) Warrant Listings(2015.07.30)

Article 10
    An application for TWSE listing approval for an issue of call (put) warrants shall conform to each of the following conditions:
  1. The issue shall comprise 5 million to 50 million issuance units. The price per issuance unit shall be not less than NT$0.6. The issuer itself determines the number of shares, units, index points, or baskets thereof represented by one issuance unit. One index point corresponds to NT$1. In the case of a follow-on issue of call (put) warrants, the price per issuance unit shall be the closing price on the date of the application for follow-on issue, and the number of shares, units, index points, or basket thereof represented per issuance unit shall be the newest multiplier.
  2. Period of validity: Calculated inclusively from the date of listing, the period of validity shall be no less than 6 months and no more than 2 years; for issuance of callable bull contracts or callable bear contracts, the period of validity shall be no less than 3 months and no more than 2 years. If the period of validity is extended, the extension period shall be no less than 3 months and no more than 1 year, calculated inclusively from the next day following the original last trading day. In the case of a follow-on issue of call (put) warrants, the period of validity shall be calculated inclusively from the date of listing of the follow-on issue to the expiration date of the warrants.
  3. Restriction on total issuance volume of the underlying represented by a warrant:
    1. When the underlying security is a domestic stock, the total number of shares of the underlying security represented by the domestic warrant issuance units of the call (put) warrants and the shares of the same underlying security represented by other existing call (put) warrants already listed on the TWSE may not exceed 22 percent, or 30 percent in the event of a follow-on issuance of call (put) warrants, of the total number of outstanding shares of the domestic issuing company after deduction of each of the following types of shareholdings. Where the issuer and any of its overseas subsidiaries (whose warrant issuing operations are guaranteed or secured by the mother company) issue offshore call (put) warrants for which the underlying security is a domestic stock, the total number of shares of the underlying security represented by the issuance units of the offshore call (put) warrants, combined with the number of the same underlying securities represented by other existing call (put) warrants issued overseas, may not exceed three percent of the total number of outstanding shares of the issuing company after deduction of each of the following types of shareholdings:
      1. The total percentage of shares held by directors and supervisors under statutory shareholding ratio requirements.
      2. Already pledged securities.
      3. The number of centrally deposited shares mandatory for newly listed companies.
      4. Shares already repurchased under the Rules Governing Share Repurchase by TWSE Listed and GTSM Listed Companies and not yet cancelled.
      5. Shares with restrictions on listing or trading imposed by the competent authority.
    2. If the underlying security is a foreign stock, the combined total of the number of shares of the underlying security represented by domestic issuance units of the call (put) warrants and of the same underlying security represented by other existing call (put) warrants already listed on the TWSE may not exceed 15 percent of the total number of shares already issued by the issuer of the underlying securities.
    3. When the underlying security is an exchange-traded securities investment trust fund (ETF) or futures ETF announced by the TWSE, the total number of shares of the underlying security represented by the issuance units of the call (put) warrants and the shares of the same underlying security represented by other existing call (put) warrants already listed on the TWSE, combined with those issued overseas by the issuer or its correspondent institution overseas and representing the same underlying, may not exceed the total number of beneficial interest units already issued by the fund, provided that this shall not affect the validity of any call (put) warrants already issued. When the underlying security is an offshore ETF as announced by the TWSE, the total number of units of the underlying security represented by the issuance units of the call (put) warrants and the units of the same underlying represented by other existing call (put) warrants already listed on the TWSE may not exceed the total number of units of that fund offered and sold domestically within the ROC territory.
    4. If the underlying security is a foreign ETF, the combined total of the number of beneficial units of the underlying security represented by the issuance units of the call (put) warrants and the number of beneficial units of the same underlying security represented by other existing call (put) warrants already listed on the TWSE may not exceed 50 percent of the total number of the beneficial units already issued.
    5. When the underlying security is Taiwan Depository Receipts, the total number of units of the underlying represented by the domestic issuance units of the call (put) warrants and the units of the same underlying represented by other existing call (put) warrants already listed on the TWSE may not exceed 22 percent, or 30 percent in the event of a follow-on issuance of call (put) warrants, of the already listed units of the receipts.
    6. If the underlying security is a foreign depositary receipt, the combined total of the number of units of the underlying security represented by the domestic issuance units of the call (put) warrants and the number of units of the same underlying security represented by other existing call (put) warrants already listed on the TWSE, may not exceed 15 percent of the total number of the depositary receipt units already listed on the TWSE.
  4. When the underlying security is an ETF, futures ETF, or offshore ETF, if an authorization is required to be obtained, consent shall be obtained from the institution creating the fund's underlying index; for the underlying index, consent shall be obtained in advance from the institution creating the given underlying index. But this provision shall not apply to a follow-on issuance of call (put) warrants.
  5. For issues of index call (put) warrants, callable bull contracts and callable bear contracts, and extendable callable bull contracts and callable bear contracts, and for domestic call (put) warrants for which the underlying assets are foreign securities or foreign indexes, investors may not apply for exercise of such warrants until the maturity date. Warrants for which the underlying assets are foreign securities or foreign indexes may not be of the capped/knock-out type.
  6. The underlying settlement index of the index call (put) warrants shall be calculated based on the following methods:
    1. If the period of validity expires, it shall be calculated based on the simple arithmetic mean of the underlying index during the 30 minutes before market close. If the circumstance under Article 58-3, paragraph 5 of the TWSE Operating Rules exists, the calculation shall also incorporate the index from during the postponement period. For extendable callable bull contracts or extendable callable bear contracts, the settlement basis is adjusted based on the return rate of the underlying total return index on the warrant expiration date, through the calculation of "closing index of the underlying index on the business day preceding the date of warrant issuance × return rate." The aforementioned return rate shall be calculated as "underlying total return index on the warrant expiration date ÷ underlying total return index on the business day preceding the date of warrant issuance." If it is an extension period that expires, for the aforementioned business day preceding the date of warrant issuance, the business day preceding the extension period shall be substituted.
    2. If the closing index of the underlying index reaches the cap/knock-out index level and expires before the maturity date:
      1. For capped call warrants or capped put warrants, it shall be calculated based on the closing index of the underlying index on the last trading day of the warrants.
      2. For callable bull contracts or callable bear contracts, it shall be calculated based on the simple arithmetic mean of the underlying index on the business day following the last trading day of the warrants.
      3. For extendable callable bull contracts or extendable callable bear contracts, the settlement basis is adjusted based on the return rate of the underlying total return index on the business day following the last trading day of such warrant, through the calculation of "closing index of the underlying index on the business day preceding the date of warrant issuance × return rate." The aforementioned return rate shall be calculated as "underlying total return index on the business day following the last trading day of such warrant ÷ underlying total return index on the business day preceding the date of warrant issuance." In the event of early expiration before the maturity date of an extension period, for the aforementioned business day preceding the date of warrant issuance, the business day preceding the extension period shall be substituted.
  7. The issuance plan shall contain the following terms and conditions:
    1. The issuance date and the period of validity.
    2. Detailed information on the underlying index, security, or basket of securities (when the underlying securities of the warrants issued are domestic stocks, if the financial statement of the most recent period audited or attested by a certified public accountant and shows losses on the stock, there shall also be a statement of the reason for issuing warrants based on the underlying securities; when the underlying security is a foreign stock or a foreign depositary receipt, there shall be a statement of the status of liquidity of the foreign stock or foreign depositary receipt).
    3. The type of call (put) warrant, the volume of issuance units and total value of the issue. In the case of an issue of extendable callable bull contracts or extendable callable bear contracts, the type of warrant shall be annotated with the wording "extendable". In the case of a follow-on issue of call (put) warrants, the total number of units already issued shall additionally be specified.
    4. Terms of issuance (including issuance price, strike price or strike index, exercise period, and number of shares, beneficial units, depository receipt units, or index points represented per issuance unit). On the last trading day for extendable callable bull contracts, or extendable callable bear contracts, when the knock-out price or index of an extendable callable bull contract reaches no more than 80 percent of the closing price of the underlying security or the closing index of the underlying index, or when the knock-out price or index of an extendable callable bear contract reaches no less than 120 percent of the closing price of the underlying security or the closing index of the underlying index, the issuer shall extend the period of validity of such contract. In the case of a follow-on issue of call (put) warrants, the strike price or strike index is the newest strike price or strike index for the warrants.
    5. The method by which the issuance price is calculated, including the price of the underlying security or underlying index, the strike price or strike index level, the period of validity, the interest rate, the rate of fluctuation of the underlying security and other elements used in the calculation, and a table of comparison with other warrants in the preceding year with the same listed security or index as the underlying security. In the case of an issue of callable bull contracts or callable bear contracts, the issuance price shall be calculated as the "difference between the price of the underlying security or underlying index and the strike price or strike index × multiplier + funding cost", wherein the funding cost shall be calculated as "funding cost annual rate × strike price or strike index × (days to maturity ÷ 365) × multiplier." But this provision shall not apply to a follow-on issue of call (put) warrants.
    6. Issuance of capped call or put warrants (or callable bull or bear contracts) shall, in addition to the provisions of the preceding five items, comply with the following requirements:
      1. For a capped call warrant or capped put warrant:
        1. "the capped call (or put) price or index" and "the day on which the closing price of the underlying securities or the closing index of the underlying index reaches the capped call (or put) price or index is deemed the warrant's last trading day; such warrants reach maturity on the second business day thereafter, and without exception the automatic cash settlement performance method is adopted based on the closing price of the underlying securities or the closing index of the underlying index on the last trading day of the warrant" shall be printed in conspicuous typeface.
        2. The capped call price or index level shall be set at no less than 150 percent of the strike price or strike index; the capped put price or index level shall be set at no more than 50 percent of the strike price or strike index.
      2. For a callable bull contract or callable bear contract, or a callable bull/bear contract whose period of validity may be extended:
        1. "the knock-out price or index level" and "the day on which the closing price of the underlying securities or the closing index of the underlying index reaches the knock-out price or index is deemed the contract's last trading day. Such contract reaches maturity on the second business day thereafter, and the automatic cash settlement performance method is adopted based on the simple arithmetic mean trade price of the underlying securities or the underlying settlement index on the first business day following the last trading day of the contract. If there is no trade price for the underlying security, the base auction price for the opening of trading of the underlying security on the expiration date of the contracts shall be used. If the trading of underlying security is halted or suspended on the first business day following the last trading day of the contracts or on the expiry date, the closing price of the underlying security on the last trading day of the contracts shall be used. The aforementioned underlying settlement index shall be calculated in accordance with Article 10, subparagraph 6 of the TWSE Rules Governing Review of Call (Put) Warrant Listings" shall be printed in conspicuous typeface.
        2. The bull/bear contract knock-out price or index level shall be set within a range between the closing price of the underlying securities or the closing index of the underlying index and the strike price or the strike index (inclusive thereof), and the bull contract or index knock-out price or index level shall be set at no more than 90 percent of the closing price of the underlying securities or the closing index of the underlying index, or the bear contract or index knock-out price or index level shall be set at no less than 110 percent of the closing price of the underlying securities or the closing index of the underlying index. For callable bull/bear contracts whose period of validity may be extended, the bull contract or index knock-out price or index level shall be set at no more than 70 percent of the closing price of the underlying securities or the closing index of the underlying index, or the bear contract or index knock-out price or index level shall be set at no less than 130 percent of the closing price of the underlying securities or the closing index of the underlying index.
        3. The issuer shall also set reset conditions. Any adjustment from resetting of the bull/bear contract strike price and knock-out price, or of the bull/bear contract strike index and knock-out index level, shall take effect from the first day of TWSE listing, and the price or index level thereof shall still be required to conform with the requirements set out above. For callable bull/bear contracts whose period of validity may be extended, the issuer shall specify the matters to be conducted under Article 7, subparagraph 3 of the TWSE Procedures for Review of Call (Put) Warrant Listings.
      3. In the case of a follow-on issue of call (put) warrants, the cap/knock-out price or index is the newest cap/knock-out price or index for the warrants.
    7. Detailed information on the guarantor and the guaranty agreement or collateral.
    8. Items that shall be included in the issuance plan in accordance with Article 8 of the TWSE Directions for Call (Put) Warrant Liquidity Provider Operations.
    9. Procedures for exercising the option and the terms for cancellation of already-exercised call (put) warrants.
    10. Strategies for offsetting foreseeable risks.
    11. The policy of the issuer regarding adjustment of the strike price of the call (put) warrant and related items along with the distribution of dividends and bonuses, increases or decreases in capitalization, stock splits or consolidations, and handling of other related matters by the issuing company of the underlying securities, or the distribution of dividends and handling of other matters by the securities investment trust enterprise in relation to the underlying ETF, the handling of related matters by the futures trust enterprise in relation to the underlying futures ETF, or by the offshore fund management institution or its designated institution in relation to the underlying offshore ETF. Where the issuer does not make such adjustments in accordance with the TWSE reference formula, that fact shall be noted in bold lettering in the issuance prospectus. If the underlying is a foreign security, the issuer shall itself determine the formula for adjustment.
    12. Methods of handling when there is a merger by the company issuing the underlying securities, or alteration in the stock trading method, halt of trading, suspension of sale, or de-listing; or when there is delisting when the securities investment trust enterprise of the underlying ETF, or the futures trust enterprise of the underlying futures ETF, undergoes dissolution or bankruptcy, or its approval is revoked; or when the beneficial certificates, fund shares, or investment units of the underlying offshore ETF are delisted by public announcement of the TWSE; or when the index provider announces suspension of the compilation of the underlying index.
    13. Methods of handling market listing of the call (put) warrants, or suspension of trading, de-listing or halt of trading of the warrants by the TWSE.
    14. Definition of exercise value upon expiration of the period of validity:
      1. For call (put) warrants with domestic securities or a domestic index as the underlying, there is exercise value if the simple arithmetic mean trade price of the underlying securities or the underlying settlement index during the 60 minutes before market close is higher (lower) than the strike price or strike index of the call (put) warrant. If there is no trade price for the underlying securities during the 60 minutes before market close, then the calculation shall be based on the most recent trade price. If the circumstance under Article 58-3, paragraph 5 of the TWSE Operating Rules exists, the calculation shall also incorporate the trade price or index from during the postponement period. The aforementioned underlying settlement index shall be calculated in accordance with the preceding subparagraph.
      2. For call (put) warrants with foreign securities or a foreign index as the underlying, there is exercise value if the most recent closing price of the underlying securities or the most recent closing value of the underlying index is higher (lower) than the strike price or strike index of the call (put) warrant.
      3. Where the terms of exercise require cash settlement, the warrant holder shall be deemed to have exercised the warrant and to have given notice to that effect.
    15. Terms stipulating that the warrant issuer may not substitute another warrant with a period of validity longer than that of the original warrant, or any other security, for the originally issued warrant.

    16. Procedures for delivery and payment when the warrant holder exercises the option.
    17. Terms stipulating that where settlement after exercise of the option referred to in the preceding paragraph shall be done in cash, the cash settlement amount shall be calculated based on the closing price of the underlying securities on the exercise date. If the exercise date is the expiration date of the warrants, the cash settlement amount shall be calculated on the basis of the simple arithmetic mean trade price of the underlying securities or the underlying settlement index during the 60 minutes prior to market close. If there is no trade price for the underlying securities during the 60 minutes prior to market close, then the calculation shall be based on the most recent trade price. If the circumstance under Article 58-3, paragraph 5 of the TWSE Operating Rules exists, the calculation shall also incorporate the trade price or index from during the postponement period. The aforementioned underlying settlement index shall be calculated in accordance with the preceding subparagraph. However, when the underlying asset is a foreign security or foreign index, the provisions of the TWSE Guidelines for the Exercise of Call (Put) Warrants shall be followed.
    18. Terms stipulating the methods for handling distribution of securities centrally deposited in the Taiwan Depository and Clearing Corporation account where the issuer fails to perform its delivery of the underlying securities or the cash price differential within the prescribed time period.
    19. Clarification of whether or not there are plans for a reverse issue of call (put) warrants against the same underlying securities or underlying index within the coming 3 months.
    20. Source of data and method of disclosure for the halt of trading, suspension of trading, or delisting, of foreign underlying securities by the securities exchange on which the security is traded, or for the suspension of compilation of foreign underlying foreign index as announced by the index provider.
  8. When an issuer issues domestic call (put) warrants for which the underlying assets are foreign securities or foreign indexes, it shall disclose, from the applied-for issue date through the maturity date of the warrants, on its company website and the TWSE-designated information reporting website, the up-to-date trading information of the underlying securities or indexes and the public announcements made by the issuing companies of the underlying securities. When such public announcement occurs during the trading hours [of the TWSE], the warrant issuer shall immediately enter the information; when such public announcement occurs during the non-trading hours [of the TWSE], the warrant issuer shall enter the information prior to the beginning of trading hours on the next business day following the occurrence. The warrant issuer shall enter the following information publicly announced by the issuing companies of the underlying securities:
    1. The annual and semi-annual consolidated financial reports (where the consolidated financial reports are not required, enter the individual financial reports), and the first-quarter and third-quarter financial reports prepared in accordance with the laws and regulations of the issuing company's home country or country of listing.
    2. Public announcement of dividend distribution for the current fiscal year; proposal of the dividend distribution has been passed by the board of directors and ratified at the shareholders meeting.
    3. Public announcement of acquisition or disposal of assets.
    4. Public announcement of the record date fixed for distribution of dividends, bonuses, or other benefits.
    5. Material information published by the issuing company in accordance with the laws and regulations of its home country or country of listing.
    6. Other matters that are required to be publicly announced under the rules of the TWSE.

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