(1) If the issuer is incorporated or otherwise established in Hong Kong it shall send to:—
(a) the trustee or fiscal agent in respect of its listed debt securities; and
(b) every holder of its listed debt securities (not being bearer debt securities),
a copy of either (i) its annual report including its annual accounts and, where the issuer prepares consolidated financial statements as referred to in section 379(2) of the Companies Ordinance, the consolidated financial statements or (ii) its summary financial report, not less than 21 days before the date of the issuer's annual general meeting. The Issuer may send a copy of its summary financial report to a member and a holder of its listed securities in place of a copy of its annual report and accounts, provided that it complies with the relevant provisions set out in sections 437 to 446 of the Companies Ordinance and in the Companies (Summary Financial Reports) Regulation or, in the case of overseas issuers, with provisions no less onerous than the above provisions for listed issuers incorporated in Hong Kong. An issuer, whose equity securities are not listed, may not distribute a summary financial report in place of its annual report.
(2) Nothing in rule 31.38(1) shall require the issuer to send any of the documents referred to therein to:—
(a) a person of whose address the issuer is unaware; or
(b) more than one of the joint holders of any of its listed debt securities.
1 The directors' report, auditors' report, annual accounts and, where applicable, summary financial report must be in the English language and must be accompanied by a Chinese translation or be in the Chinese language accompanied by an English translation.
2 Sections 429 and 431 of the Companies Ordinance require the directors of a Hong Kong issuer to lay the issuer's annual financial statements before its members at its annual general meeting within the period of 6 months after the end of the financial year or accounting reference period to which the annual financial statements relate.
3 The Exchange may at its discretion suspend dealings in or cancel the listing of the debt securities of companies which fall into arrears in the issue of its directors' report and accounts. If the listed issuer has significant interests outside Hong Kong it may apply for an extension of the 6 month period. However, attention of a Hong Kong issuer is drawn to section 431 of the Companies Ordinance which requires any extension of the time limit to be approved by the Court of First Instance.
4 The issuer must send 1 copy of each of the English language version and the Chinese language version of the directors' report and annual accounts and, where applicable, the summary financial report to the Exchange at the same time as they are sent to the holders of the issuer's listed debt securities with registered addresses in Hong Kong (see rule 31.21).