Where for any reason (including immediately after completion of a notifiable transaction or connected transaction) the assets of a listed issuer (other than an "investment company" as defined in Chapter 21 of the Listing Rules) consist wholly or substantially of cash and/or short-term investments, it will not be regarded as suitable for listing and trading in its securities will be suspended.
1. Rule 14.82 is intended to apply to issuers that hold a very high level of cash and short-term investments. In assessing whether an issuer is a cash company, the Exchange will apply a principle based approach and normally take into account the value of the issuer’s cash and short-term investments relative to its total assets, its level of operations and financial position, and the nature of the issuer’s business and its cash needs in the ordinary and usual course of business.
2. Short-term investments include securities that are held by the issuer for investment or trading purposes and are readily realisable or convertible into cash. Examples of short-term investments include (a) bonds, bills or notes which have less than one year to maturity; (b) listed securities (whether on the Exchange or otherwise) that are held for investment or trading purposes; and (c) investments in other financial instruments that are readily realisable or convertible into cash.