The listed issuer shall include the disclosures required under the relevant accounting standards adopted and the information set out in rules 18.07A to 18.47 in its directors' report and annual financial statements. Unless stated to the contrary the financial information specified in these rules may be included outside the financial statements and will therefore be outside the scope of the auditors' report on the financial statements. The statement of profit or loss and other comprehensive income and statement of financial position set out in the financial statements must include at least the information set out in rule 18.50B. Banking companies (meaning banks, restricted licence banks and deposit-taking companies as defined in the Banking Ordinance) shall, in addition, comply with the Guideline on the Application of the Banking (Disclosure) Rules as issued by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
Notes: 1    The Exchange may authorise the omission from an annual report of specified items of information if it considers that disclosure of such information would be contrary to the public interest or seriously detrimental to the listed issuer. The Exchange will only authorise such omission provided it is satisfied that the omission is not likely to mislead the public with regard to facts and circumstances, knowledge of which is essential for the assessment of the securities in question. The listed issuer or its representatives will be responsible for the correctness and relevance of the facts on which any application for such exemption is based.
  2    The annual report and financial statements must contain, at a prominent position, and in bold type, a statement about the characteristics of GEM, in the form set out in rule 2.20.
  3    If an accounting estimate reported in prior interim period of the current financial year is changed during the subsequent interim period of the same financial year and has a material effect in that subsequent interim period, the nature and amount of a change in an accounting estimate that has a material effect in the current financial year or which is expected to have a material effect in subsequent periods should be disclosed. If it is impracticable to quantify the amount, this fact should be disclosed.
  4    An annual report shall contain the following information required under other parts of the GEM Listing Rules:
(a)    advance to an entity under rule 17.22;
(b)    pledging of shares by the controlling shareholder under rule 17.23;
(c)    loan agreements with covenants relating to specific performance of the controlling shareholder under rule 17.23;
(d)    breach of loan agreement by an issuer under rule 17.23;
(e)    financial assistance and guarantees to affiliated companies of an issuer under rule 17.24;
(f)    provision of information in respect of and by directors, supervisors and chief executives under rule 17.50A(1);
(g)    for an issuer involving in mining activities, continuing disclosure obligations arise under rules 18A.14 to 18A.17, where appropriate;
(h)    information required under rule 19.36B and/or rule 20.61 about any guarantee regarding the financial performance of a company or business acquired;
(i)    share option schemes under rules 23.07, 23.08 and 23.09; and
(j)    provision of information in respect of code provisions E.1.5 (remuneration payable to members of senior management by band) and A.1.2 (discussion and analysis of group's performance) in Part 2 of Appendix 15 or provide the Considered Reasons and Explanation in respect of any deviation.
  5    Issuers must publish ESG reports in accordance with Rule 17.103 and the ESG Reporting Guide contained in Appendix 20.