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Draft Plan for Tier Management of New Third Board Released

(CRI Online)    12:58, May 28, 2016
Draft Plan for Tier Management of New Third Board Released

A long-expected draft reform plan on China's New Third Board has recently come out, giving more detailed information on dividing the market in two to allow more mature companies with good liquidity to trade separately from others.

Saturday, the board had a second test run of the new two-tier trading system, marking the imminent launch of the reform later this month.

China's New Third Board became a nationwide trading platform three years ago. Designed to gather investment for companies which have not yet gone public, listing requirements have been substantially eased to allow smaller firms to participate. However, in the past three years, the New Third Board has grown dramatically from only 400 or so companies to 6,945 companies listed. The quality of the companies on the board varies greatly because the entry level for the market was really low. Some companies got some capital from the market and traded for a while and then suddenly became empty shells.

In order to enhance the liquidity of the New Third Board, regulators have decided to distinguish the best stocks from the average pool, and will begin class the companies into two levels, namely the base level and the innovation level, as soon as this month.

According to the draft regulation, companies hoping to be selected into the innovation level must meet relatively high requirements on three sets of criteria, namely their net profit, return on net assets ratio, the number of share holders; or compound growth rate, revenues, and capital stock; or market value, shareholders' equity and the number of market makers.

In many insiders' eyes, companies which are traded relatively actively will remain in favor, whereas those in the second tier will most likely be completely ignored.

According to the current criteria, only 15 percent of the listed companies on the New Third Board will be selected into the innovation level.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Yao Xinyu,Bianji)

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