An open offer is an offer to existing holders of securities to subscribe securities, whether or not in proportion to their existing holdings, which are not allotted to them on renounceable documents. An open offer may be combined with a placing to become an open offer with a claw back mechanism, in which a placement is made subject to the rights of existing holders of securities to subscribe part or all of the placed securities in proportion to their existing holdings.
In relation to underwriting of open offers, the requirements under rules 7.19(1), (3), (4) and (5) apply in their entirety to open offers with the term "rights issue" replaced by "open offer".
7.24A(1) A proposed open offer must be made conditional on minority shareholders' approval as set out in rule 7.27A unless the securities will be issued by the listed issuer under the authority of a general mandate granted to them by shareholders in accordance with rules 13.36(2)(b) and 13.36(5).(2) Subject to rule 10.08, in the period of 12 months from the date on which dealings in the securities of a new applicant commence on the Exchange, the issuer shall not effect any open offer, unless it is made conditional on minority shareholders' approval as set out in rule 7.27A.
Note: See rule 7.27B for the additional requirements relating to rights issues, open offers and specific mandate placings.
Offers of securities by way of an open offer must remain open for acceptance for a minimum period of 10 business days. In cases where the issuer has a large number of overseas members a longer offer period may be desirable, provided that the Exchange must be consulted if the issuer proposes an offer period over 15 business days.
[Repealed 3 July 2018]
7.26A(1) In every open offer the issuer must make arrangements to:—(a) dispose of securities not validly applied for by shareholders under their assured allotments by means of excess application forms, in which case such securities must be available for subscription by all shareholders and allocated on a fair basis; or(b) dispose of securities not validly applied for by shareholders under their assured allotments by offering the securities to independent placees for the benefit of those shareholdersThe arrangements described in rule 7.26A(1)(a) or (b) must be fully disclosed in the open offer announcement, listing document and any circular.(2) Where any of the issuer's controlling or substantial shareholders acts as an underwriter or sub-underwriter of the open offer, the issuer must make the arrangements described in rule 7.26A(1)(b).(3) Where arrangements described in rule 7.26A(1)(a) are made:(a) the basis of allocation of the securities available for excess applications must be fully disclosed in the open offer announcement, listing document and any circular; and(b) the issuer should take steps to identify the excess applications made by any controlling shareholder and its associates (together, the “relevant shareholders”), whether in their own names or through nominees. The issuer should disregard their excess applications to the extent the total number of excess securities they have applied for exceeds a maximum number equivalent to the total number of securities offered under the open offer minus the number of securities taken up by the relevant shareholders under their assured entitlements.
An open offer must be supported by a listing document which must comply with the relevant requirements of Chapter 11.
7.27A(1) the rights issue or open offer must be made conditional on approval by shareholders in general meeting by a resolution on which any controlling shareholders and their associates or, where there are no controlling shareholders, directors (excluding independent non-executive directors) and the chief executive of the issuer and their respective associates shall abstain from voting in favour;(2) the Exchange reserves the right to require the following parties to abstain from voting in favour of the relevant resolution at the general meeting:(a) any parties who were controlling shareholders of the issuer at the time the decision for the transaction or arrangement involving the rights issue or open offer was made or approved by the board, and their associates; or(b) where there were no such controlling shareholders, directors (excluding independent non-executive directors) and the chief executive of the issuer at the time the decision for the transaction or arrangement involving the rights issue or open offer was made or approved by the board, and their respective associates;(3) the issuer must set out in the circular to shareholders:(a) the purpose of the proposed rights issue or open offer, together with the total funds expected to be raised and a detailed breakdown and description of the proposed use of the proceeds. The issuer shall also include the total funds raised and a detailed breakdown and description of the funds raised on any issue of equity securities in the 12 months immediately preceding the announcement of the proposed rights issue or open offer, the use of such proceeds, the intended use of any amount not yet utilised and how the issuer has dealt with such amount; and(b) the information required under rule 2.17 in the circular to shareholders; and