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18.49

A listed issuer must publish (in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 16) a preliminary announcement of the results for the financial year, which has been agreed with its auditors, on the GEM website as soon as possible, but in any event not later than the time that is 30 minutes before the earlier of the commencement of the morning trading session or any pre-opening session on the next business day after approval by or on behalf of the board of its results. The issuer must publish such results not later than 3 months after the date upon which the financial year ended.
 
Notes:    1    The term financial year refers to the period covered by a listed issuer’s financial statements even where the period is not a calendar year.
 
  2    Newly listed issuers will be required to prepare and publish the relevant annual results (irrespective of whether the period in question ends on a date before or after the date on which dealings in the securities of the listed issuer commenced) where the 3-month deadline for publishing the results falls after the date on which dealings in the securities of the listed issuer commenced. The requirements under rule 18.49 are not applicable to the reporting period which ended immediately before the listing of a newly listed issuer if the following is disclosed in its listing document:—
 
(a)    the financial information required under Chapter 18 in relation to annual results announcements, in respect of such reporting period; and
 
(b)    that it will not breach its constitutional documents, laws and regulations of its place of incorporation or other regulatory requirements as a result of not publishing such annual results announcements.

Such a newly listed issuer should publish an announcement no later than the time prescribed in rule 18.49 that the relevant financial information has been included in its listing document.