18.53

The listed issuer shall prepare, in respect of each of the first 6 months of each financial year of the listed issuer, either (i) a half-year report, or (ii) a summary half-year report containing at least the information required by rules 18.55 and 18.82, respectively and publish the same (in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 16) not later than 45 days after the end of such period. The listed issuer may send a copy of its summary half-year report to a member and a holder of its listed securities in place of a copy of its half-year report, provided that such summary half-year report complies with the relevant provisions of the Companies (Summary Financial Reports) Regulation governing summary financial reports.
 
Notes:    1    Newly listed issuers will be required to prepare and publish the relevant half-year report or summary half-year report (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 45-day deadline for publishing the report falls after the date on which dealings in the securities of the listed issuer commenced. The requirements under rules 18.53 and 18.54 are not applicable to the half-year 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 half-year reports, in respect of such six-month period (with comparative figures for the corresponding six-month period of the immediately preceding financial year);
 
(b)   a statement as to whether it complies with the Corporate Governance Code in Appendix 15 and, if not, the reason for deviation; and
 
(c)   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 distributing such half-year reports.
 
Such a newly listed issuer should publish an announcement no later than the time prescribed in rules 18.53 and 18.54 that the relevant financial information has been included in its listing document.
 
  2    The figures in each half-year report and summary half-year report are the sole responsibility of the directors and they must ensure that the accounting policies applied to the figures are consistent with those applied to annual financial statements. If a change in the financial year is proposed, the Exchange should be consulted as to the period or periods to be covered by the half-year reports or summary half-year reports.