Taiwan Stock Exchange - Rules & Regulations Directory

Amendments

Title:
Operating Rules of the Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation(2006.03.01)

Article 49
Where any of the following events exists, this Corporation may place the listed securities under altered-trading-method category:
1.The latest individual financial report of a non-holding company, or the consolidated financial report of a holding company, as registered and publicly announced in accordance with Article 36 of the Securities and Exchange Act, shows that its net worth is less than one-half of its share capital stated on the financial report. However, when a listed company records as a deduction from shareholders equity the cost of shares bought back by it pursuant to Article 28-2 of the Securities and Exchange Act or of shares held in said listed company by subsidiaries thereof, the par value of treasury stock held in said listed company by the listed company and subsidiaries thereof may be deducted from the share capital stated on the financial report in the calculation of the above-stated ratio.
2. A shareholders meeting has not been held within six months after the end of the fiscal year; provided that with valid reasons and with the approval of the competent authority of the Company Act, the meeting is held within the approved time period, the above shall not be applicable.
3. The certifying CPA issues a qualified audit report for the semi-annual or annual financial reports, or for a company other than a holding company issues a qualified review report for the semi-annual consolidated financial report, as publicly announced and registered pursuant to Article 36 of the Securities and Exchange Act, because there were restrictions on the scope of the audit, or because the accountant deems there to be anything improper in the choices of accounting policies by the management or in the disclosure of the financial statement; however, this restriction shall not apply to a semi-annual financial report where the CPA has issued the qualified audit report for the reason that an amount of long-term equity investment and profit/loss thereupon is calculated on the basis of statements of the invested company that have not been certified by a CPA, and the certifying CPA fully discloses in the audit report the reasons for the qualified opinion and the monetary amounts of any accounting items
that may be affected thereby, and no material irregularities are present. However, if an above-mentioned invested company is a major subsidiary included in the preparation of the consolidated statement or a public subsidiary of a financial holding company, its semi-annual financial report shall also be reviewed or audited by a CPA in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.
4.Violation of relevant rules concerning the material information of a listed company, and failure to rectify the situation within the specified time after having been notified to proceed with disclosure process, and such violation was serious.
5. Two-thirds or more of the directors or supervisors have been provisionally ordered to be suspended of the performance of their authorities and duties.
6. An application for re-organization has been filed to the court in accordance with Article 282 of the Company Act.
7. Half or more of the directors of the company have changed so that the shareholding is too concentrated to meet the then-current shareholding dispersion criteria for listing, or its incumbent directors, supervisors, or president meet any of the conditions under Subparagraph 8 of Paragraph 1 of Article 9 of this Corporation's Criteria for Review of Securities Listings and fail to make improvement within a specified time period ordered by this Corporation.
8. The company is unable to punctually pay for the common corporate bonds or convertible corporate bonds which have matured or which the creditors requested it to redeem.
9. Dishonor of a negotiable instrument by a financial institution because of insufficient funds on deposit, where this Corporation is aware of such dishonor.
10. After a split, the paid-in capital of an ordinary company or a technology company fails to comply with Article 4, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 2 or Article 5, Subparagraph 1, respectively, of the Criteria for Review of Securities Listings.
11. The number of companies held by an investment holding company falls below two companies; provided, for investment holding companies created as the result of share conversion, general assignment, assignment of business, or split, this shall not apply within one year of the date of listing for trading.
12. Failure to abide by an undertaking to purchase the shares of minority shareholders of a listed (or OTC) subsidiary in which it has shareholding of more than 70 percent.
13. Failure to handle stock affairs matters in compliance with Article 44, paragraph 3, or discovery in an audit by Taiwan Securities Central Depository Co., Ltd. of deficiencies and failure to make corrections by a deadline imposed for making corrections for a serious violation in a specific case.
14. Where explanations given in a press conference concerning material information fail to clarify points in question, and this Corporation deems it necessary to protect the rights and interests of investors.
15. Upon other necessary reasons as determined by this Corporation.
Where a listed company has the conditions specified above such that its securities has been placed under altered-trading-method category, upon satisfying the below conditions, and upon not having any other of the above conditions, this Corporation may resume the trading method to normal settlement method:
1.Where the change of trading method was ordered pursuant to Subparagraph 1 of the preceding Paragraph, and the individual financial report of a non-holding company or the consolidated financial statement of a holding company, audited and certified by a CPA and registered and publicly announced pursuant to Article 36 of the Securities and Exchange Act, shows that the net worth has risen above one-half of the share capital stated on the financial report. However, when a listed company records as a deduction from shareholders equity the cost of shares bought back by it pursuant to Article 28-2 of the Securities and Exchange Act or of shares held in said listed company by subsidiaries thereof, the method of calculation by this Corporation shall be as set forth in Subparagraph 1 of the preceding paragraph.
2.Where the change of trading method was ordered pursuant to Subparagraph 2 of the preceding Paragraph, and the shareholders meeting has been held.
3.Where the change of trading method was ordered pursuant to Subparagraph 3 of the preceding Paragraph, and the new audited financial report has shown improvements and the auditor renders a clean audit opinion or a clean review report, or the semi-annual financial report of the invested company has been duly reviewed or audited by a CPA.
4.Where the change of trading method was ordered pursuant to Subparagraph 4 of the preceding Paragraph, and disclosure proceeding is commenced in compliance with the notice.
5. After the trading method was changed pursuant to Subparagraph 5 of the proceeding Paragraph, the preliminary injunction order was cancelled by the court and one-third or more of the directors or supervisors are able to perform their authorities and duties.
6. After the trading method was changed pursuant to Subparagraph 6 of the preceding Paragraph, the application for re-organization was withdrawn; provided that the execution period of the changed trading method shall not be less than three months.
7. After the trading method was changed pursuant to Subparagraph 7 of the preceding Paragraph, correction and improvement was made.
8. After the trading method was changed pursuant to Subparagraph 8 of the preceding Paragraph, the company repaid liabilities or reached settlement agreement with the creditors.
9. Within three months of the trading day next following the date the trading method was changed pursuant to Subparagraph 9 of the preceding Paragraph, the listed company has completed any of the remedial procedures enumerated hereinbelow, and the listed company has produced a direct or indirect note in evidence thereof from the clearing house, and no further instance of dishonor of negotiable instruments has occurred prior to resumption of normal settlement. However, if the listed company adopts the remedial procedure of "extinguish the debt under the negotiable instrument by actual settlement of the amount of the instrument," it shall additionally submit a rechecking form prescribed by this Corporation. The form shall be signed and certified by a CPA and an attorney at law and submitted to this Corporation along with the other relevant documents and materials for approval and recordation:
(1) Extinguish the debt under the negotiable instrument by actual settlement of the amount of the instrument.
(2) Deposit the amount of the instrument into the financial enterprise that dishonored the instrument with a request that it be listed as provision for payment under "other payables."
(3) Pay the amount of the instrument out of the checking account or other payables account upon re-presentment of the instrument subsequent to its dishonoring.
10. Where correction or improvement has been made by the listed company within three months of the trading day next following the date the trading method of the securities was changed pursuant to Subparagraph 10 of the preceding paragraph.
11. Where correction or improvement has been made within three months after the change of trading method of the securities pursuant to Subparagraph 11 or Subparagraph 12 of the preceding paragraph.
12. Where correction or improvement has been made after the trading method was changed pursuant to Subparagraph 13 of the preceding Paragraph.
13. Where the points in question have been clarified after the trading method was changed pursuant to Subparagraph 14 of the preceding Paragraph.
14. After the trading method was changed pursuant to Subparagraph of the preceding Paragraph, correction or improvement is made upon the request of this Corporation.
Where this Corporation changes the trading method of listed securities pursuant to Subparagraph 1 of the preceding Paragraph, or where this Corporation restores the trading method to normal settlement pursuant to Subparagraph 2 of the preceding Paragraph, within one month of such action, this Corporation shall report such action to the Competent Authority for recordation.

Article 51-2
If a listed company that has carried out a split of one or more departments capable of operating independently pursuant to applicable law wishes to continue listed trading of its listed securities, or if the existing company or newly incorporated company that acquired the business of the aforesaid department(s) after the split (the "assignee company of the split") wishes to list its securities for trading, the company shall without exception comply with the provisions of this Article, and shall carry out applicable procedures for a company split and for listing.
The provisions of the preceding paragraph shall also apply where a single listed company splits simultaneously into multiple assignee companies of the split, or multiple listed companies split simultaneously into a single assignee company of the split.
A listed company to which any circumstance set forth in Paragraph 1 or Paragraph 2 applies shall apply to this Corporation at least 30 business days before the record date of the split. Where this Corporation has inspected all the documents submitted by the company for completeness and its administering department has examined them and found them to be free of all of the [negative] criteria set out in the subparagraphs below, the company may continue to be listed:
1. The pro-forma operating income as shown on the pro-forma financial statements for each of the most recent two accounting years excluding the financial data for the split department(s) and audited by a CPA, is down by 50 percent or more from the operating income shown on the financial statements for the same period.
2. The pro-forma operating loss as shown on the pro-forma financial statements for each of the most recent two accounting years excluding financial data for the split department(s) and audited by a CPA, is greater than the operating loss shown on the financial statements for the same period.
Where a listed company establishes an investment holding company for reasons of carrying out a split under Paragraph 1 or 2, the listed company that undergoes the split may continue to be listed if it complies with Article 4, Paragraph 1, Subparagraphs 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9 of this Corporation's Regulations Governing the Review of Stock Listing Applications by Investment Holding Companies; the provisions of Subparagraphs 1 and 2 of the preceding paragraph shall not apply.
When a listed company to which any circumstance set forth in Paragraph 1 or Paragraph 2 applies files an application for continuation of listing, it shall submit an opinion of an independent expert on the share exchange ratio for the split, the reasonableness of the acquisition price, and the effect on the shareholders’ equity of the listed company.
Except under any of the circumstances listed below, a listed company to which any circumstance set forth in Paragraph 1 or 2 applies shall file to carry out the procedures for the split and the capital reduction and issuance of new securities certificates as a consolidated case. The trading of its listed securities shall be suspended 10 trading days prior to the record date of the split and such suspension shall continue until 30 trading days (or 15 trading days if the securities are not issued in physical form) after the record date of the split (i.e. the record date of the capital reduction), during which period the company shall have completed the procedures for issuing the new securities certificates in accordance with Article 45 and points 1, 2, and 3 of the Procedures for the Exchange of Securities Certificates by Listed Companies :
1. Where a listed company splits but does not carry out a capital reduction, and issue of replacement shares is unnecessary.
2. Where the split of the listed company does not involve subsequent confirmation of the shareholder roster, or there is no difference in shareholder equity before and after the record date of the suspension of share transfer, and suspension of margin purchase and short sale or compulsory covering of short sale positions are unnecessary.
Where a listed company carries out capital reduction due to a split referred to in Paragraph 1 or 2, and the newly incorporated company that acquires its business issues new shares for which the acquired business is the consideration, and issues them in full to the original shareholders of the split company on a pro-rata basis, approval may be given for listing and trading of the securities of the newly incorporated assignee company if it complies with all of the conditions listed below; provided, simultaneous application may not be made of related conditions such as those concerning lesser capital amount or profitability in Article 5, Article 6, or Article 6-1 of this Corporation's Criteria for the Review of Securities Listings:
1. Capitalization: the share capital on the pro forma financial statement for the most recent period at the time of application complies with the provisions of Article 4, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 2 of this Corporation's Criteria for the Review of Securities Listings.
2. Profitability: complies with the provisions of Article 4, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 3 of this Corporation's Criteria for the Review of Securities Listings, according to the pro-forma financial statement.
3. No circumstance in Article 9, Paragraph 1, Subparagraphs 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 of this Corporation's Criteria for the Review of Securities Listings applies.
4. The pro forma financial statements for the most recent fiscal year shall be audited and certified by a CPA approved by the Competent Authority to perform financial certification for public companies, and an audit report containing an unqualified opinion issued.
5. Centralized custody of shares and pre-listing public sale shall be carried out pursuant to Article 10 or Article 10-1, and Article 11, of this Corporation's Criteria for the Review of Securities Listings.
If in a split referred to in the preceding paragraph the split company does not carry out capital reduction or carries out only a partial reduction, the newly formed assignee company of the split, when applying to this Corporation for listing, shall comply with all of the below-listed conditions, in addition to complying with the requirements of the preceding paragraph:
1. Incorporation period: the time of incorporation of the split department, as shown in the financial data of the split company, shall comply with Article 4, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 1 of this Corporation's Criteria for Review of Securities Listings.
2. Shareholding dispersion: shall comply with Article 4, Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 4 of this Corporation's Criteria for Review of Securities Listings.
3. There shall exist none of the circumstances set forth in Articles 18 or 19 of the Criteria for Review of Securities Listings under which listing is undesirable.
If the assignee company of a split is an existing company and the operating revenue or operating income of a single listed company of which it is the assignee accounts for 50 percent or more of the total operating revenue or operating income on its pro forma consolidated financial statements, and accounts for 10 percent or more of the overall operating revenue or discernible assets of the split company, it shall comply with all the subparagraphs of Paragraphs 7 and 8, but its pro forma financial statements shall be prepared as consolidated statements with those of the single or multiple independently operating departments of the listed company of which it is the assignee.
If more than one listed company splits and makes an assignment to a single assignee on the same record date, the calculation of the incorporation period under Paragraph 8 or 9 shall be based upon the listed company that assigned the business of which the operating revenue or operating income accounts for 50 percent or more of the total operating revenue of the assignee company and accounts for 10 percent or more of the overall operating revenue or discernible assets of such listed company. If more than one independently operating department was split, that with the longer period of incorporation may be selected as the basis for calculation.
In a split referred to in Paragraphs 7, 8, or 9, where the period of listing, or combined period of listing and OTC-listing, of the securities of the split listed company is no less than three years and the assignee company of the split submits an application accompanied by the relevant documents to this Corporation in accordance with prescribed procedures within one year of the day of completion of amendment registration of the split, all of the below-listed provisions shall be complied with:
1. A newly formed assignee company of a split according to Paragraph 7 whose listing application has passed review for completeness of the submitted application documents and passed review by the management department for compliance with regulations may apply to the Competent Authority for approval and announcement of listing.
2. For a newly formed assignee company of a split or existing assignee company of a split according to paragraph 8 or 9, the procedures for reviewing the listing application shall be governed by this Corporation's procedures for reviewing initial listing application cases.  
Where a listing application by an assignee company of a split is rejected by this Corporation, the applicant company may, within 20 days from the issuance date of this Corporation's rejection notice letter, submit relevant materials along with a request to this Corporation for reconsideration on the basis that the grounds for the original rejection were erroneous. This Corporation shall follow the provisions of the below subparagraphs after accepting the applicant's reconsideration application for processing:
1. For a request for reconsideration of a listing application under paragraph 7, the managing department shall review whether the grounds for the original rejection decision were erroneous and whether any other conditions have subsequently arisen rendering the applicant unsuitable for listing.
2. A request for reconsideration of a listing application under paragraph 8 or 9 shall be governed by subparagraphs 3 to 7 of Article 27 of this Corporation's Procedures for Review of Securities Listings.
If an assignee company of a split is unable to apply to this Corporation for listing in accordance with prescribed procedures, annexing relevant documents, within one year of the day of completion of amendment registration of the split, it may separately do so in compliance with the relevant provisions of this Corporation's Criteria for Review of Securities Listings, but the provisions of Paragraph 8, Subparagraph 1, Paragraph 9, or Paragraph 10 may respectively be applied mutatis mutandis to the calculation of the incorporation period thereof.
Within two years of the date of listed (or OTC) trading of securities of an assignee company of a split of a listed company pursuant to Paragraphs 7, 8, or 9 herein, or to Article 16-3 of the ROC Over-the-Counter Securities Exchange Rules Governing Securities Trading on Over-the-Counter Markets, any further assignee company of a split of such listed company may not apply for listing of its securities pursuant to this article.
Where an OTC company carries out a split, and the assignee company of the split applies for listing, the applicable provisions of this Corporation's Regulations for the Review of Securities Listings and Procedures for the Review of Securities Listings shall be complied with.
If a listed company, after carrying out a split, wishes to apply for termination of listed trading of its securities, or such company is extinguished due to the split of its entire operations or assets, this Corporation shall terminate the listing of its listed securities after applying and obtaining approval from the Competent Authority pursuant to Article 144 of the Securities and Exchange Act.

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