Statement of business objectives
A new applicant must include in its listing document a statement of business objectives, having due regard to the disclosure requirements under Rule 18.08A in its annual reports and half-year reports, and set out at least the following information:—(1) general information as to:(a) the overall business objectives of the new applicant; and(b) the market potential for the new applicant's business over the period comprising the remainder of the current financial year of the applicant and the 2 financial years thereafter;(2) a detailed description of the new applicant's objectives for each of the products, services or activities (and any other objectives) analysed over the period comprising the remainder of the current financial year of the applicant and the 2 financial years thereafter;
Notes:1 In the event that the applicant wishes to set its business objectives over a longer time frame, it shall be free to do so, provided always that the time frame envisaged is clearly set out in the statement of business objectives.2 The statement of business objectives should specify particular strategies, critical paths or milestones against which the applicant's progress may, in the future, be compared.3 Without prejudice to the generality of Note 2, new applicants are encouraged to include information as to the projected trends which they foresee for their products, services or activities. These projected trends should be:—(a) analysed by reference to such of the measurements of progress as the new applicant and its Sponsor decide are appropriate; and(b) set out, as far as practicable, in compliance with rule 14.21.4 It is for the Sponsor to assist the new applicant in determining appropriate descriptions of the business objectives and, in particular the measurements of progress in respect of which the new applicant might appropriately project trends for the term of the statement of business objectives.5 New applicants and their Sponsors must be to the possibility that projections set out in the statement of business objectives, whether read in isolation or together with other projections or details contained in the statement, may constitute a profit forecast. If a profit forecast is made, the new applicant must comply with the provisions of rules 14.28 to 14.31.(3) a detailed explanation as to how the new applicant proposes to achieve its stated business objectives for the period identified by the new applicant; and(4) a clear explanation of all bases and assumptions (including commercial assumptions) in support of the new applicant's assessment of its market and growth potential, business objectives and/or description of how it proposes to achieve its business objectives.
Notes:1 The bases and assumptions must provide all relevant and useful information to investors to help them in forming a view as to the reasonableness and reliability of the statement of business objectives. Such bases and assumptions should draw the investor's attention to and where possible quantify those uncertain factors which could materially affect the achievement by the new applicant of its business objectives within the time frame indicated.2 The bases and assumptions should be specific rather than general, definite rather than vague. It will not normally be acceptable for assumptions to relate to matters which the directors, by virtue of their particular knowledge and experience in the business, are best able to take a view on or are able to exercise control over.
The statement of business objectives need not comprise nor include a profit forecast by the new applicant. However, to the extent that it does comprise or include a profit forecast or should the new applicant otherwise wish to make a profit forecast in the listing document, the new applicant must comply with the provisions set out in rules 14.28 to 14.31.
The information provided in the statement of business objectives should, so far as practicable, be set out by reference to the new applicant's half-year end (in the event this follows listing) and full-year end in respect of its current financial year and the half-year ends and full-year ends of the 2 financial years thereafter.
Note: The purpose of this exercise is to facilitate future comparison between the issuer's statement of business objectives and its actual performance and future published financial information (see rule 18.08A).