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| 21 April, 2017

Saudi Tadawul to implement new rules for loss-making firms

Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Commercial Bank (NCB) Mansour Al Maiman signs during the listing ceremony at the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) in Riyadh November 12, 2014.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Commercial Bank (NCB) Mansour Al Maiman signs during the listing ceremony at the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) in Riyadh November 12, 2014.

REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

21 April 2017
Riyadh - The Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) will implement new procedures and laid out instructions related to listed companies with accumulated losses reaching 20 percent or more of its share capital as of April 22, 2017, Tadawul said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
The Capital Market Authority (CMA) has announced the new framework for companies with three ranges of accumulated losses: 20-35 percent, 35 percent to less than 50 percent, and 50 percent or more.

1) Under the new regulations, the company should immediately disclose to the public the total accumulated losses, its percentage of the capital, and the main reasons that caused the losses.

2) Tadawul shall add a flag next to the company’s name on the website indicating that the firm had reached accumulated losses.

3) In case the accumulated losses reaches 50 percent of capital or more, according to article (150) of the companies’ law, the company should immediately announce the board’s recommendation to the extraordinary general assembly of an increase or decrease of the capital, or a recommendation to dissolve the company before the prescribed date in its by-laws.

4) After restoring its position and upon receiving an external auditor’s report, the company should immediately disclose to the public the reduced accumulated losses and the steps taken to see that reduction through.

5) Accordingly, Tadawul shall delete the accumulated losses flag.

Should a company’s accumulated losses decrease to be within another range of the three ranges the framework covers (20-35 percent, 35 percent to less than 50 percent, and 50 percent or more), steps 1, 2, 4, and 5 would be implemented again.

A company’s shares will be delisted if the company is dissolved by the force of law or when the extraordinary general assembly decides to dissolve the company before the prescribed date in its by-laws.

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© The Saudi Gazette 2017