Annual review by independent non-executive directors and auditors (20.53-20.57)
The listed issuer's independent non-executive directors must review the continuing connected transactions every year and confirm in the annual report whether the transactions have been entered into:(1) in the ordinary and usual course of business of the listed issuer's group;(2) on normal commercial terms or better; and(3) according to the agreement governing them on terms that are fair and reasonable and in the interests of the listed issuer's shareholders as a whole.
The listed issuer must engage its auditors to report on the continuing connected transaction every year. The auditors must provide a letter to the listed issuer's board of directors confirming whether anything has come to their attention that causes them to believe that the continuing connected transactions:(1) have not been approved by the listed issuer's board of directors;(2) were not, in all material respects, in accordance with the pricing policies of the listed issuer's group if the transactions involve the provision of goods or services by the listed issuer's group;(3) were not entered into, in all material respects, in accordance with the relevant agreement governing the transactions; and(4) have exceeded the cap.
The listed issuer must provide a copy of the auditors' letter to the Exchange at least 10 business days before the bulk printing of its annual report.
The listed issuer must allow, and ensure that the counterparties to the continuing connected transactions allow, the auditors sufficient access to their records for the purpose of reporting on the transactions.
The listed issuer must promptly notify the Exchange and publish an announcement if the independent non-executive directors and/or the auditors cannot confirm the matters as required. The Exchange may require the listed issuer to re-comply with the announcement and shareholders' approval requirements and may impose additional conditions.