Aggregation of transactions (14.22-14.23B)
In addition to the aggregation of transactions under rules 14.06B, 14.06C and 14.06E, the Exchange may require listed issuers to aggregate a series of transactions and treat them as if they were one transaction if they are all completed within a 12 month period or are otherwise related. In such cases, the listed issuer must comply with the requirements for the relevant classification of the transaction when aggregated and the figures to be used for determining the percentage ratios are those as shown in its accounts or latest published interim report (whichever is more recent), subject to any adjustments or modifications arising by virtue of the provisions of rules 14.16, 14.18 and 14.19.
Factors which the Exchange will take into account in determining whether transactions will be aggregated include whether the transactions:—(1) are entered into by the listed issuer with the same party or with parties connected or otherwise associated with one another;(2) involve the acquisition or disposal of securities or an interest in one particular company or group of companies;(3) involve the acquisition or disposal of parts of one asset; or(4) together lead to substantial involvement by the listed issuer in a business activity which did not previously form part of the listed issuer's principal business activities.
Where an asset is being constructed, developed or refurbished by or on behalf of a listed issuer for its own use in its ordinary and usual course of business (as referred to in rule 14.04(8)), the Exchange will not normally aggregate a series of transactions carried out by the listed issuer in the course of the construction, development or refurbishment of such asset as if they were one transaction where the sole basis for aggregation is rule 14.23(3). In cases of doubt, the listed issuer should consult the Exchange at an early stage.
For the purposes of aggregating transactions under note 2 to rule 14.06B and/or rule 14.22, a listed issuer must consult the Exchange before it enters into any proposed transaction(s) if
(1) any circumstances described in rule 14.23 exist in respect of such proposed transaction(s) and any other transaction(s) entered into by the listed issuer in the preceding 12-month period (except for the situation described in rule 14.23A); or
(2) the proposed transaction(s) and any other transaction(s) entered into by the listed issuer involve acquisitions of assets from a person or group of persons or any of his/their associates within 36 months of such person or group of persons gaining control (as defined in the Takeovers Code) of the listed issuer (other than at the level of its subsidiaries).
The listed issuer must provide details of the transactions to the Exchange to enable it to determine whether the transactions will be aggregated.
Note: This rule serves to set out certain specific circumstances where the listed issuer must seek guidance from the Exchange before it enters into any proposed transaction(s). The Exchange may nevertheless aggregate transactions pursuant to rule 14.22 and/or note 2 to rule 14.06B where no prior consultation was made by the listed issuer under rule 14.23B.