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Proposed Amendments

Clarification

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Part 4

Public Offer

Chapter 1: General Provisions

Article 33: Application of the Provisions on Public Offers

a) The purpose of this Part is to regulate the registration and public offering of securities in the Kingdom.

b) Securities may not be offered by way of a public offer except in accordance with this Part.

c) A foreign issuer who submits an application for listing its shares in the Main Market pursuant to the Listing Rules shall be subject to Article (36) of these Rules.

d) The secondary public offering shall be subject to the provisions of Chapter 5 of this Part.

It is suggested to amend Article (33) of the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligations to include the provisions governing the secondary public offering in Part 4 of the Rules.

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Part 4

Public Offer

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Chapter 5: Secondary Public Offering

 

Article 55: Scope and Application

This chapter aims to regulate the secondary public offering.

 

Article 56: Conditions for a Secondary Public Offering

a)   If the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering wishes to offer all or part of his shares in a secondary public offering, he must appoint a financial advisor authorised by the Authority to carry out arranging activities and any other securities business related to the services which the financial advisor agreed with the selling shareholder to provide.

b) The financial advisor appointed pursuant to paragraph (a) of this Article must:

1. be the main point of contact for the Authority in relation to the secondary public offering notification;

2. satisfy itself, having conducted due diligence and made enquiry from the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering and its advisors, that the selling shareholder has satisfied all conditions required for the secondary public offering and has satisfied all other relevant requirements;

3. provide to the Authority any information or clarifications in such form and within such time limit as the Authority may require for the purpose of verifying whether the financial advisor and the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering have complied with the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations and the Exchange Rules; and

4. provide the Authority with a letter in the form set out in Annex (***) of these Rules.

c) If matters which should be taken into account by the Authority come to the attention of the financial advisor during the period between the provision of the letter described in subparagraph (4) of paragraph (b) of this Article and the completion of the offer, the financial advisor must notify the Authority thereof without delay.

d) Where a financial advisor gives advice to the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering in relation to the secondary public offering notification or any matter related to the application of these Rules, the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations or the Exchange Rules, it must ensure that it gives appropriate advice in accordance with the rules of its profession.

e) The financial advisor must notify the Authority at least (15) days prior to the proposed date of the secondary public offering.

 

f) The financial advisor must submit to the Authority with its secondary public offering notification electronic copies of the following documents (it shall maintain original copies of such documents and submit it to the Authority at its request):

1. the letter of appointment of the financial advisor;

2. the secondary public offering notification letter that contains the applicable information as required by Annex (**) of these Rules;

3.  a letter from the financial advisor in the form set out in Annex (***) of these Rules;

4. the draft of the secondary public offering document in Arabic;

5. a copy of the subscription application forms;

6. a list of the persons having access to the information of book building process, and a declaration from the financial advisor and those having access to such information of the confidentiality of this information and their commitment not to disclose it;

7. a declaration by the selling shareholder in the form set out in Annex (****) of these Rules; and

8. any other documentation that may be required by the Authority.

 

g)  In the event of any change to the list of persons having access to the information on the book building process pursuant to subparagraph (6) of paragraph (f) of this Article, the financial advisor must provide an updated list to the Authority as soon as it becomes aware of such change.

h)  Annex (*) of these Rules sets out the minimum information which must be included in the secondary public offering document.

i)  The Authority will review the secondary public offering notification within (10) days of receiving all information and documentation required pursuant to this Article. If, having reviewed the secondary public offering notification, the Authority considers that the proposed offer of shares may not be in the interest of the investors or may result in a breach of the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations or the Exchange Rules, then it may take any of the following actions:

1. carry out any enquiries which it consider appropriate, including requiring the financial advisor or the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering or the selling shareholder’s representative to appear before the Authority to answer questions and explain any matters that the Authority considers relevant to the secondary public offering; or

2. require the financial advisor, the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering, or third parties to provide additional information or to confirm, in such manner as the Authority may specify, that the information provided is accurate.

j)   If, having taken action pursuant to paragraph (i) of this Article, the Authority determines that the secondary public offering to be made may not be in the interest of the investors or may result in a breach of the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations, or the Exchange Rules, the Authority may issue a "notification" to the financial advisor stating that the secondary public offering is not to be made.

k) After the end of the period specified in paragraph (i) of the Article (56) of these Rules and before the first trading day following the completion date of the secondary public offering, the financial advisor must submit to the Authority electronic copies of the following documents (it shall maintain original copies of such documents and submit it to the Authority at its request):

1.  the secondary public offering document in Arabic signed on every page by the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a natural person) or the members of the governing body of the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a legal person);

2.   the securities allocation model; and

3.   an updated and signed letter that contains the applicable information as required by Annex (*) of these Rules.

l)  The financial advisor must retain original copies (or certified copies where appropriate) of all documents required pursuant to paragraphs (f) and (g) of this Article for a period not less than ten years from the completion of the offer. Without prejudice to this period, in the event such documents relate to any litigation or claim (including any litigation pending or threatened) or any on-going investigations, the financial advisor must retain such documents until the closure of that litigation, claim or on-going investigation.

m) The selling shareholder in the secondary public offering must provide the investors with the necessary information to arrive at an informed judgment concerning the issuer and the securities that are the subject of the offer.

Article 57: Publication of the Secondary Public Offering Document

a) After the end of the period specified in paragraph (i) of the Article (56) of these Rules and within a period of at least (5) days prior to the start of the offering, the financial advisor must announce the details of the secondary public offering and publish the secondary public offering document on the website of the Exchange and on the website of the financial advisor, and must ensure that it is made available to the public.

b) Where a financial advisor has published a disclosure after the publication of the secondary public offering document in a local newspaper, the disclosure must contain at least the following:

1.  the name of the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering and the financial advisor;

2.  the shares that are the subject of the relevant notification for the secondary public offering and their value, type and class;

3.   the addresses and locations where the public may obtain the secondary public offering document;

4. the date of publication of the secondary public offering document;

5. a statement that the disclosure is for information only and does not constitute an invitation or offer to acquire, purchase or subscribe for shares;

6. the names of the subscription lead manager and receiving agents; and

7. a disclaimer as follows:

“The Capital Market Authority and the Saudi Stock Exchange Company take no responsibility for the contents of this disclosure, make no representations as to its accuracy or completeness, and expressly disclaim any liability whatsoever for any loss arising from, or incurred in reliance upon, any part of this disclosure.”

 

Article 58: Supplementary Secondary Public Offering Document

a) A supplementary offering document must be submitted to the Authority if, at any time after the date of publication of the secondary public offering document and before the secondary public offering completion, the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering or its financial advisor becomes aware that:

1. there has been a significant change in material matters contained in the secondary public offering document; or

2.  additional significant matters have become known which would have been required to be included to the secondary public offering document.

b) A supplementary secondary public offering document must contain the following:

1) details of the change or new matters in accordance with paragraph (a) of this Article;

2) a declaration in the form specified at paragraph (4) of section (1) of Annex (*) of these Rules;

3) a declaration by the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a natural person) or the members of the governing body of the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a legal person), that there have been no significant changes in material matters nor additional significant matters have arisen other than what has been disclosed in the supplementary secondary public offering document; and

4) a declaration by the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a natural person) or the members of the governing body of the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a legal person) that a copy of the supplementary secondary public offering document has been submitted to the Authority.

c) Where a supplementary secondary public offering document is submitted to the Authority under this Article, it must be signed on every page by the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a natural person) or the members of the governing body of the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a legal person).

d) Where the supplementary secondary public offering document is submitted to the Authority under this Article, an investor who subscribed for shares prior to the disclosure of the supplementary secondary public offering document is permitted to rescind or amend his subscription for such shares prior to the end of the offering period.

e) Where the supplementary secondary public offering document is submitted to the Authority under this Article, the Authority must be satisfied that the information contained in such supplementary secondary public offering document is complete and fulfils the requirements of the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations and the Exchange Rules. If the information supplied suggests to the Authority that the proposed offer of shares may not be in the interest of the investors or may result in a breach of the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations or the Exchange Rules, then it may require the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering to terminate the offer.

Article 59: Restrictions on Shares

The selling shareholder in the secondary public offering must not dispose any of his remaining shares in the listed company (if any) from the date of submitting the secondary public offering notification under paragraph (e) of the Article (56) of the Rules and until the end of the period of (6) months following the completion date of the secondary public offering, except where the selling shareholder states a longer lock up period in the secondary public offering document.

It is suggested to add a new chapter to Part (4) “Public Offer” of the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligations that aims to stipulate the provisions governing the secondary public offering, including:

  1. Stipulating the conditions for the secondary public offering including the requirement to appoint a financial advisor and submit the secondary public offering notification to the Authority.
  2. Stipulating the requirements of submitting the secondary public offering notification to the Authority and the documents to be submitted therewith.
  3. Stipulating the disclosure requirements in secondary public offerings, including the publication of the secondary public offering document and the supplementary secondary public offering document.
  4. Stipulating the restrictions imposed on the remaining shares owned by the selling shareholder in the listed company (if any).

 

 

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Part 8

Offer or Registration in Parallel Market

Article 88: Scope and Application

a) The purpose of this Part is to regulate the registration and offering of shares on the Parallel Market beside regulating the registration of shares in the Parallel Market.

b) Shares may not be offered in the Parallel Market or registred unless pursuant to this Part.

c) The Instructions for Book Building Process and Allocation Methods in Initial and Secondary Public Offerings shall not apply to shares offerings conducted under these Rules.

d) The offer, under this Part, shall be limited to the categories of qualified investors, and the financial advisor of the issuer and the financial advisor of the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market are is responsible for ensuring compliance with this paragraph.

e) In all cases, Capital Market Institutions shall ensure that their clients of qualified investors are aware of the risks involved in subscribing of shares offered in the Parallel Market.

f) The secondary offering in the Parallel Market shall be subject to the provisions of Article (109).

It is suggested to amend Article (88) of the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligations to include the provisions governing the secondary offering in the Parallel Market.

It should also be noted that the name of “the Instructions for Book Building Process and Allocation Method Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)” has been amended in this Article in view of the proposed amendments in this document.

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Part 8

Offer or Registration in Parallel Market

Article 109: Secondary Offering in the Parallel Market

a)   If the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market wishes to offer all or part of his shares in a secondary public offer in the Parallel Market, he must appoint a financial advisor authorised by the Authority to carry out arranging activities and any other securities business related to the services which the financial advisor agreed with the selling shareholder to provide.

 

b) The financial advisor appointed pursuant to paragraph (a) of this Article must:

1. be the main point of contact for the Authority in relation to the secondary offering notification in the Parallel Market;

2. satisfy itself, having conducted due diligence and made enquiry from the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market and its advisors, that the selling shareholder has satisfied all conditions required for the secondary offering in the Parallel Market and has satisfied all other relevant requirements;

3. provide to the Authority any information or clarifications in such form and within such time limit as the Authority may require for the purpose of verifying whether the financial advisor and the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market have complied with the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations and the Exchange Rules; and

4. provide the Authority with a letter in the form set out in Annex (***) of these Rules.

 

c) If matters which should be taken into account by the Authority come to the attention of the financial advisor during the period between the provision of the letter described in subparagraph (4) of paragraph (b) of this Article and the completion of the offer, the financial advisor must notify the Authority thereof without delay.

d) Where a financial advisor gives advice to the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market in relation to the secondary offering notification in the Parallel Market or any matter related to the application of these Rules, the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations or the Exchange Rules, it must ensure that it gives appropriate advice in accordance with the rules of its profession.

e) The financial advisor must notify the Authority (15) days at least prior to the proposed date of the secondary offering in the Parallel Market.

f) The financial advisor must submit to the Authority with its notification of the secondary offering in the Parallel Market electronic copies of the following documents (it shall maintain original copies of such documents and submit it to the Authority at its request):

1. the letter of appointment of the financial advisor;

2. the secondary offering in the Parallel Market notification letter that contains the applicable information as required by Annex (**) of these Rules;

3. a letter from the financial advisor in the form set out in Annex (***) of these Rules;

4. the draft of the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document in Arabic;

5. a declaration by the selling shareholder in the form set out in Annex (****) of these Rules; and

6. any other documentation that may be required by the Authority.

g) Annex (*) of these Rules sets out the minimum information which must be included in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document.

h) The Authority will review the secondary offering in the Parallel Market notification within (10) days of receiving all information and documentation required pursuant to this Article. If, having reviewed the secondary offering in the Parallel Market notification, the Authority considers that the proposed offer of shares may not be in the interest of the investors or may result in a breach of the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations or the Exchange Rules, then it may take any of the following actions: 

1. carry out any enquiries which it consider appropriate, including requiring the financial advisor or the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market to appear before the Authority to answer questions and explain any matters the Authority considers relevant to the secondary offering in the Parallel Market; or

2. require the financial advisor, the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market, or any third parties to provide additional information or to confirm, in such manner as the Authority may specify, that the information provided is accurate.

i)  If, having taken action pursuant to paragraph (h) of this Article, the Authority determines that the secondary offering in the Parallel Market to be made may not be in the interest of the investors or may result in a breach of the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations, or the Exchange Rules, the Authority may issue a "notification" to the financial advisor stating that the secondary offering in the Parallel Market is not to be made.

j) After the end of the period specified in paragraph (h) of this Article and before the first trading day following the completion date of the secondary offering in the Parallel Market, the financial advisor must submit to the Authority electronic copies of the following documents (it shall maintain original copies of such documents and submit it to the Authority at its request):

1. the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document in Arabic signed on every page by the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a natural person) or the members of the governing body of the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a legal person);

2. the securities allocation model; and

3. an updated and signed letter that contains the applicable information as required by Annex (*) of these Rules.

k) The financial advisor must retain original copies (or certified copy where appropriate) of all documents required pursuant to paragraph (f) of this Article for a period not less than ten years from the completion of the offer. Without prejudice to this period, in the event such documents relate to any litigation or claim (including any litigation pending or threatened) or any on-going investigations, the financial advisor must retain such documents until the closure of that litigation, claim or on-going investigation.

l) The selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market must provide the investors with the necessary information to arrive at an informed judgment concerning the issuer and the securities that are the subject of the offer.

m) After the end of the period specified in paragraph (h) of this Article and within a period of at least (5) days prior to the start of the offering, the financial advisor must announce the details of the secondary offering in the Parallel Market and publish the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document on the website of Exchange and on the website of the financial advisor, and must ensure that it is made available to the qualified investors.

n) Where a financial advisor has published a disclosure after the publication of the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document in a local newspaper, the disclosure must contain at least the following:

1. the name of the selling shareholder in the Parallel Market and the financial advisor;

2. the shares that are the subject of the relevant notification for the secondary offering in the Parallel Market and their value, type and class;

3.  the addresses and locations where the qualified investors may obtain the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document;

4. the date of publication the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document;

5. a statement that the disclosure is for information only and does not constitute an invitation or offer to acquire, purchase or subscribe for shares;

6. the names of the subscription lead manager and receiving agents; and

7. a disclaimer as follows:

     “The Capital Market Authority and the Saudi Stock Exchange Company take no responsibility for the contents of this disclosure, make no representations as to its accuracy or completeness, and expressly disclaim any liability whatsoever for any loss arising from, or incurred in reliance upon, any part of this disclosure.”

o) A supplementary offering document must be submitted to the Authority if, at any time after the date of publication of the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document and before the secondary offering in the Parallel Market completion, the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market or its financial advisor becomes aware that:

1. there has been a significant change in material matters contained in the secondary offering document in the Parallel Market; or

2. additional significant matters have become known which would have been required to be included to the secondary offering document in the Parallel Market.

p) A supplementary secondary document in the Parallel Market offering must contain the following:

1)  details of the change or new matters in accordance with paragraph (o) of this Article;

2)  a declaration in the form specified at paragraph (4) of section (1) of Annex (*) of these Rules;

3) a declaration by the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a natural person) or the members of the governing body of the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a legal person), that there have been no significant changes in material matters nor additional significant matters have arisen other than what has been disclosed in the supplementary secondary offering in the Parallel Market document; and

4) a declaration by the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a natural person) or the members of the governing body of the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a legal person) that a copy of the supplementary secondary offering in the Parallel Market document has been submitted to the Authority.

q) Where a supplementary secondary offering in the Parallel Market document is submitted to the Authority under this Article, it must be signed on every page by the relevant selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a natural person) or the members of the governing body of the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a legal person).

r) Where the supplementary secondary offering in the Parallel Market document is submitted to the Authority under this Article, a qualified investor who subscribed for shares prior to the disclosure of the supplementary secondary offering in the Parallel Market document is permitted to rescind or amend his subscription for such shares prior to the end of the offering period.

s) Where the supplementary secondary offering in the Parallel Market document is submitted to the Authority under this Article, the Authority must be satisfied that the information contained in such supplementary secondary offering in the Parallel Market document is complete and fulfils the requirements of the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations and the Exchange Rules. If the information supplied suggests to the Authority that the proposed offer of shares may not be in the interest of the investors or may result in a breach of the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations or the Exchange Rules, then it may require the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market to terminate the offer.

t) The selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market must not dispose any of his remaining shares in the listed company (if any) from the date of submitting the secondary offering in the Parallel Market notification under paragraph (e) of this Article and until the end of the period of (12) months following the completion date of the secondary offering in the Parallel Market, except where the selling shareholder states a longer lock up period in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document.

It is suggested to add Article (109) in Part (8) “Offering or Registration in Parallel Market” of the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligations that aims to stipulate the provisions governing the secondary public offering in the Parallel Market, including:

  1. Stipulating the conditions for the secondary offering in the Parallel Market including the requirement to appoint a financial advisor and submit the secondary offering in the Parallel Market notification to the Authority.
  2. Stipulating the requirements of submitting the secondary offering in the Parallel Market notification to the Authority and the documents to be submitted therewith.
  3. Stipulating the disclosure requirements in secondary offering in the Parallel Market, including the publication of the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document and the supplementary secondary offering in the Parallel Market document.
  4. Stipulating the restrictions imposed on the remaining shares owned by the selling shareholder in the listed company (if any).

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ANNEX *

 CONTENTS OF THE SECONDARY PUBLIC OFFERING DOCUMENT AND THE SECONDARY OFFERING IN THE PARALLEL MARKET DOCUMENT

The secondary public offering document and the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document shall contain the following as minimum:

1. Cover page

This section must include the following information:

1. a summary of the offer including share type, class, and rights;

2. targeted types of investors;

3. offer period and conditions; and

4. the following declaration:

"[The selling shareholder, whose name appears in this document (use if the selling shareholder is a natural person) / the members of the governing body of the selling shareholder, whose names appear in this document, collectively and individually, (use if the selling shareholder is a legal person)] accept(s) full responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained in this offering document and confirm, having made all reasonable enquiries, that to the best of their knowledge and belief, there are no other facts the omission of which would make any statement in this document misleading.  The Authority and the Exchange do not take any responsibility for the contents of this document, do not make any representation as to its accuracy or completeness, and expressly disclaim any liability whatsoever for any loss arising from, or incurred in reliance upon, any part of this document.”

2. Important Notice

This section must include a notice which shows the purpose and the nature of information mentioned in the offering document.

3. Offer summary

This section must include summarized information about the offering and its details.

4. Key dates and subscription procedure

This section must include:

        1. a timetable showing the expected dates of the offering; and
        2. a description of the subscription procedure.

5. Waivers

This section must include details on all requirements that have been waived for the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering or the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market by the Authority.

6. Table of Contents

This section must include the offering document table of contents.

7. Terms and definitions

This section must include the terms and definitions used throughout the offering document.

8. Information concerning the offering and its procedures

This section must include the following information:

1. the total value of offer, or the minimum and maximum value of offer, and the number of offered shares;

2. the offer price or price range of the offering;

3. the subscription method;

4. the offer period and conditions;

5. procedures of incomplete offer;

6. the method of allocation of the shares and refund of excess monies;

7. when and under what circumstances the offer may be suspended; and

8. details of any lock-up arrangement in place restricting the disposal of particular shares.

9. Subscription declarations

This section must include information on the subscription application and subscription declarations, if any, the allocation process, and the Exchange's details.

10. Proceeds of the offer and the offer expenses

This section must include the following information:

1. information about the proceeds of the offering and that it will be for [the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering / the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market (use as applicable)].

 2. a statement clarifying that [the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering / the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market (use as applicable)] will bear the expenses of the offering.

It is suggested to add an annex to the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligations that includes the contents of the secondary public offering document and the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document.

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Annex**

ContentS of Secondary Public Offering Notification and Secondary Offering in the Parallel Market Notification

The notice shall be submitted on the official paper of the financial advisor and include the following information:

1.The issuer’s total number of shares owned by the selling shareholder.

2. The percentage of the shares that are the subject of the notification from the issuer’s total shares.

3. Type and class of shares that are the subject of the notification.

4. Nominal value per share (in SR).

5. Amount paid up per share (in SR).

6. Total amount paid up for the shares that are the subject of the notification.

7. The number and value of the shares that are the subject of the notification. 

8. Description of shares that are the subject of the notification.

9.  Are the shares which are the subject of the notification identical in all respects? If not, how do they differ and when will they become identical?

 

The notification must be by way of a letter dated and signed by the financial advisor or an authorised officer of the financial advisor.

 

[This Annex shall be submitted electronically through the automated system determined by the Authority for this purpose and the financial advisor shall retain the original copies (or, where appropriate, certified copies) for a period not less than ten years. In case of a lawsuit or claim (including any existing or threatened action) or any existing investigation procedures relating to such documents, the financial advisor shall retain such documents until the completion of such litigation, claim or investigation procedures. Moreover, such documents must be submitted to the Authority upon request].”

It is suggested to add an annex to the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligation that includes the contents of the secondary public offering notification and the secondary offering in the Parallel Market notification.

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annex ***

 Form of a Financial Advisor's Letter for THE Secondary Public Offering and THE Secondary Offering in the Parallel Market

[To be provided on the financial advisor's letterhead]

To: The Authority

In our capacity acting as the financial advisor to (please insert the name of the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering / the name of the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market [use as applicable]) in respect of (the secondary public offering notification / the secondary offering notification in the Parallel Market [use as applicable]) (please provide details of the shares), and in accordance with Article ((56) of the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligations) / ((109) of the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligations) [use as applicable], we [please insert the name of the financial advisor] confirm, to the best of our knowledge, and through conducting due diligence and making enquiries of the selling shareholder and its advisors, that the selling shareholder has satisfied all conditions required for the offer of shares (as a secondary public offering / as a secondary offering in the Parallel Market [use as applicable]) and has satisfied all other matters required by the Capital Market Authority (the "Authority") as of the date of this letter. [please insert the financial advisor name] further confirms that it has, to the best of its knowledge and within its capacity as financial advisor, provided to the Authority all information or clarifications in such form and within such time limit as the Authority required for the purpose of verifying whether [please insert the financial advisor name] and the selling shareholder have complied with the Capital Market Law, Listing Rules and the Rules on the Offers of Securities and Continuing Obligations.

In particular, [please insert the financial advisor name] confirms that:

1. it has provided all the relevant services required by the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligations with due care and skill;

2. it has taken reasonable steps to satisfy itself that [the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a natural person) / the members of the governing body of the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a legal person)] understand(s) the nature and extent of their responsibilities under the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations and the Exchange Rules; and

3. it has come to a reasonable opinion, based on due enquiry and professional experience, that:

a.  the selling shareholder has satisfied all relevant requirements for the offer of shares as a secondary public offering (including provisions regarding the secondary public offering document) or the secondary offering in the Parallel Market (including the provisions regarding the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document) [use as applicable]; and

b.  that all matters known to [please insert the financial advisor name] which should be taken into account by the Authority when reviewing the secondary public offering notification or the secondary offering in the Parallel Market notification [use as applicable], have been disclosed to the Authority.

 

(the financial advisor’s name) hereby declares the accuracy of the information contained in the secondary public offering document / in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document [use as applicable], and that it does not contain any additional information not disclosed to the public.

 

[This Annex shall be submitted electronically through the automated system determined by the Authority for this purpose and the financial advisor shall retain the original copies (or, where appropriate, certified copies) for a period not less than ten years. In case of a lawsuit or claim (including any existing or threatened action) or any existing investigation procedures relating to such documents, the financial advisor shall retain such documents until the completion of such litigation, claim or investigation procedures. Moreover, such documents must be submitted to the Authority upon request].

It is suggested to add an annex to the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligations that includes the form of the financial advisor letter for the secondary public offering and the secondary offering in the Parallel Market.

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ANNEX ****

DECLARATION BY THE SELLING SHAREHOLDER IN THE SECONDARY PUBLIC OFFERING AND THE SELLING SHAREHOLDER IN THE SECONDARY OFFERING IN THE PARALLEL MARKET

 

To: The Authority

[I the undersigned, being the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a natural person) / We the undersigned, being the members of the governing body of the selling shareholder (if the selling shareholder is a legal person)] _____________________ (insert name of “the selling shareholder”) (referred to hereinafter as "the selling shareholder "), [hereby declare (if the selling shareholder is a natural person) / hereby jointly and severally declare (if the selling shareholder is a legal person)] that to the best of our knowledge and belief (having taken reasonable care to ensure that such is the case) the selling shareholder:

1.  has satisfied all the relevant conditions for submitting [(the secondary public offering notification  /the secondary offering in the Parallel Market notification (use as applicable)] and all other relevant requirements of the Capital Market Law, its Implementing Regulations, and the Exchange Rules;

2.  has included all the information required to be included in [(the secondary public offering document / the secondary offering in the Parallel Market document (use as applicable)] pursuant to the Capital Market Law and the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligations; and

3. has or will supply all the documents required by the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligations.

We confirm that there are no other facts bearing on [the secondary public offering notification / the secondary offering in the Parallel Market notification (use as applicable)] which in our opinion should have been disclosed to the Authority. We further confirm that we:

1.  have read and understood the Capital Market Law, the Listing Rules of the Saudi Stock Exchange Company (the "Listing Rules") and the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligations;

2. have understood the nature of our responsibilities and obligations; and

3.  have understood in particular what is required of us to enable [the public / the qualified investors (use as applicable)] to arrive at an informed judgment concerning the issuer and the securities that are the subject of the offer.

 

We hereby authorise the Authority to exchange any relevant information with the authorities, agencies or bodies having responsibility for the supervision of financial services or other relevant authorities.

 

[Signed: (if the selling shareholder is a natural person) / Signed on behalf of the selling shareholder: the members of the governing body (if the selling shareholder is a legal person)]

 

Name:      _______________

Signature: ______________

Date:        _______________

 

Name:      _______________

Signature: ______________

Date:        _______________

 

[This Annex shall be submitted electronically through the automated system determined by the Authority for this purpose and the selling shareholder shall retain the original copies (or, where appropriate, certified copies) for a period not less than ten years. In case of a lawsuit or claim (including any existing or threatened action) or any existing investigation procedures relating to such documents, the selling shareholder shall retain such documents until the completion of such litigation, claim or investigation procedures. Moreover, such documents must be submitted to the Authority upon request].

It is suggested to add an annex to the Rules on the Offer of Securities and Continuing Obligations that includes the declaration from the selling shareholder in the secondary public offering and the selling shareholder in the secondary offering in the Parallel Market.​


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