The Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO) has published a final report – Principles for Periodic Disclosure by Listed Entities (Periodic Disclosure Principles) – that includes a set of recommendations for disclosures that could be provided in the periodic reports, particularly annual reports, of listed entities whose securities are listed or admitted to trading on a regulated market in which retail investors participate.
The Periodic Disclosure Principles also cover other issues related to periodic disclosure, such as the timeliness of disclosures, disclosure criteria and storage of information.
The report is available on the IOSCO website.
The Periodic Disclosure Principles are intended to provide a useful framework for securities regulators that are reviewing or revising their regulatory disclosure regime for periodic reports.
The Periodic Disclosure Principles provide guidance to securities regulators for use in developing or reviewing their disclosure regimes for the periodic reports of listed entities with securities listed or admitted to trading on a regulated market in which retail investors participate. These periodic reports enhance investor protection by providing relevant information which facilitates investor decision-making, allow investors to compare the performance of the same company over regular intervals and enable investors to make comparisons between different companies.
These principles form part of IOSCO’s ongoing work to develop principles for disclosure by issuers of listed securities to investors in the public capital markets. These proposed principles complement IOSCO’s existing disclosure principles which provide guidance for:
Principles for the Periodic Disclosure by Listed Entities
The following principles have been identified as essential for any periodic disclosure regime:
[i] International Disclosure Standards for Cross-Border Offerings and Initial Listings by Foreign Issuers, Report of IOSCO, September 1998, available at http://www.iosco.org/library/pubdocs/pdf/IOSCOPD81.pdf.
[ii] International Disclosure Principles for Cross-Border Offerings and Listings of Debt Securities by Foreign Issuers, Final Report, Report of the Technical Committee of IOSCO, March 2007, available at http://www.iosco.org/library/pubdocs/pdf/IOSCOPD242.pdf.
[iii] Principles for Ongoing Disclosure and Material Development Reporting by Listed Entities, Statement of the Technical Committee of IOSCO, October 2002, available at http://www.iosco.org/library/pubdocs/pdf/IOSCOPD132.pdf.