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SGX imposes new Mainboard admission rules for MOG firms

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New rules meant to protect investors.

Singapore Exchange (SGX) announced new Mainboard admission rules and continuing listing obligations for mineral, oil and gas (MOG) companies.

SGX said these new rules set the admission standards applicable to the listing of MOG companies that are not yet in production and introduce continuing listing requirements that cater to the specific characteristics of MOG companies.

"The global economy is dependent on scarce and finite minerals, oil and gas resources which require funding for its exploration, development and production. With the new rules, a wider spectrum of MOG companies can tap into Asia’s vast pool of liquidity via SGX. Investors will also have more choices of investing in this sector. The new rules seek to better safeguard investors’ interests given the technical and specialised nature of the MOG industry," the exchange added.

The new rules will be effective from 27 September 2013.

Here's a complete rundown of the new rules:

Admission standards for MOG listing aspirants that are not in production
A MOG listing aspirant that is not in production seeking a listing has to satisfy the following conditions:
• Has market capitalisation of not less than S$300 million based on the issue price and post-invitation issued share
capital; and
• Discloses its plans, milestones and capital expenditure to advance to production stage.

Requirements for all MOG companies
All MOG listing applicants, whether in production or otherwise, will also need to:
• Have at least achieved Indicated Resources (for Minerals) or Contingent Resources (for Oil & Gas)
• Have sufficient working capital for 18 months from listing
• Have at least one independent director with appropriate industry experience and expertise
• Appoint an audit firm with the relevant industry experience

Other disclosures required of MOG companies
To enhance disclosure for MOG companies, the following requirements are applicable:-
• Include a valuation report on its reserves in the offer document
• Provide an independent qualified person report for reporting of significant resource or reserve.


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