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Relevant Laws

Title:Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation Rules Governing Review of Securities Listings (2021.04.07)
Article 28-3     The standard basis for the paid-in capital of Article 28-1 is the amount of paid-in capital recorded in the evidentiary documents of the foreign issuer's registration or amendment registration translated into New Taiwan Dollars based on the average of the daily foreign exchange rates at market close, as announced by the designated foreign exchange bank in the Republic of China, for the 1-month period before the foreign issuer applied for listing.
    The standard basis for the "net worth" and "profit before tax" specified by Articles 28-1, 28-6, and 28-13 shall be the CPA audited and attested consolidated financial report, and shall refer to the amount attributable to owners of the parent.
    The financial report referred to in Article 28-1 and Article 28-13 shall be prepared in accordance with the applicable regulations governing the preparation of financial reports adopted by the competent authority for the relevant industry, the generally accepted accounting principles of the United States, or the International Financial Reporting Standards, with an audit report issued by two ROC-licensed CPAs of a joint accounting firm approved by the Competent Authority to attest to the financial reports of public companies, or audited by an international CPA firm that has a cooperative relationship with the aforementioned accounting firm accompanied by an audit report issued by an ROC-licensed CPA.
    A consolidated financial report of the preceding paragraph that is not prepared in accordance with the applicable regulations governing the preparation of financial reports adopted by the competent authority for the relevant industry shall disclose any items with material discrepancies and the amount of any monetary impact of those discrepancies, and provide an opinion by an ROC-licensed CPA regarding those items.
Article 29     A domestic issuer that applies for the listing of stocks at the TIB must comply with the government’s industrial development strategies, have key core technologies and the ability to innovate or have an innovative operational model, and should meet the following qualifications:
  1. Years of establishment: Has been around for at least two years since its incorporation under the Company Act at the time of application for listing.
  2. Has issued the shares of common stocks for a total value of more than NT$100 million and has issued more than 10 million shares at the time of application for listing.
  3. Market value and financial standards: Must meet one the following standards at the time of application for listing:
    1. Market value is more than NT$1.5 billion, operating revenues for the most recent fiscal year are not less than NT$150 million and the applicant must prove it has the working capital sufficient for 12 months after listing in the market.
    2. For an applicant doing business in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, its market value is more than NT$3 billion, and it must prove it has not less than 125% of the working capital required for 12 months after listing in the market. If an applicant is developing new medicine, its core products must have passed stage 1 of a clinical trial.
    3. Market value is more than NT$4 billion, and the applicant must prove it has not less than 125% of the working capital required for 12 months after listing in the market.
  4. Dispersion of share ownership: The number of registered shareholders is 50 or more. Excluding company insiders and any juristic persons in which such insiders hold more than 50 percent of the shares, registered shareholders hold more than 5% of the total issued shares, or at least 5 million shares.
  5. An applicant with income from dining and beverage services exceeding 50% of its total operating revenues in the most recent fiscal year must meet the requirements in the following items:
    1. Establish a laboratory to engage in self-inspection.
    2. Deliver the raw materials, semi-finished products and finished products whose inspection is outsourced, to a laboratory or inspection institution certified or accredited by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan Accreditation Foundation or an institution engaged by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, for inspection.
    3. Request a reasonable opinion from an independent specialist on its food safety monitoring plan, inspection cycle, items for inspection etc.
  6. Recommended by 2 or more securities underwriters.
    A foreign issuer that applies for the listing of stocks at the TIB must meet, in addition to the requirements in the subparagraphs 2 to 6 of the preceding paragraph, the following qualifications:
  1. Meet the application regulations under the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, provided that if the people, juristic persons, group or other institutions directly or indirectly own shares or invest in the issuer for more than 30% of its value, or have control over the issuer, it must obtain an approval from the competent authority on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Years of establishment: The applicant or any of its subordinate companies must have 2 or more years of business records.
  3. The inspection institution under item B of subparagraph 5 of the preceding paragraph may be replaced by a laboratory or inspection institution certified by the local competent authority, international certification institution or an institution appointed by its competent authority.
    The TWSE will agree to list its stock of a domestic issuer or a foreign issuer applying for the listing of its stock at the TIB in the preceding two paragraphs only if the value of the number of the securities to be listed and available for trading multiplied by the offering price for the price at which the security opens on its first day in the initial public offering has met the minimum requirement on the market value applicable to its application.
    A recommending securities underwriter should issue an evaluation opinion on the requirements on application for listing, i.e. compliance with the government’s industrial development strategies, key core technologies and the ability to innovate or an innovative operational model, in the first paragraph.
    The core products in item B of subparagraph 3 of paragraph 1 means the biotechnological and pharmaceutical products that are the focus of a domestic issuer or foreign issuer in its engagement in development, application and commercialization of new drugs at the time of application for listing.
    Article 28-2, paragraph 1 applies mutatis mutandis to the definition of securities underwriter in subparagraph 6 of paragraph 1.
    Financial reports as referred to in this chapter shall be governed mutatis mutandis by Article 7, paragraphs 1 and 2 in the case of a domestic issuer, or by Article 28-3, paragraphs 3 and 4 in the case of a foreign issuer.