SWX Swiss Exchange issues reprimand against Serono SA The SWX Swiss Exchange has issued a reprimand with related
publication against Serono SA, Coinsins (VD), for violation of the provisions of the Listing Rules. This SWX reprimand pertains to the
failure to meet reporting deadlines for the disclosure of management transactions as prescribed in Art. 74a of the Listing Rules (LR).
Pursuant to Art. 74a LR, the issuer must, within two trading days after receipt of the relevant notification, report to the SWX Swiss
Exchange those transactions in the issuer's securities that have been concluded by members of its board of directors or senior management
in an amount that exceeds a threshold value of CHF 100,000.- in any given calendar month. SWX then publishes those notifications at
If the threshold value of CHF 100,000.- per calendar month is not reached, the transactions must be submitted to the SWX Swiss Exchange
following the end of the month within the framework of a non-published omnibus notification.
Individuals who are subject to this disclosure obligation (members of the issuer's board of directors or senior management) must report
their transactions to the issuer no later than the second trading day after conclusion of the relevant contract. Hence a total of four
trading days at most may pass between the date of the transaction and the submission of the related information to the SWX.
The purpose of the disclosure of management transactions is to provide market participants as rapidly as possible with information
on transactions executed by the management of listed companies.
In the case at hand, a member of senior management / executive member of the board of directors made within a single calendar month two
sales of the shares of Serono SA and failed to report these transactions in a timely manner. The total value of the transactions was below
the threshold value of CHF 100,000.-. Consequently, it was only necessary to report the transactions to the SWX Swiss Exchange within the
framework of a non-published omnibus notification. Serono SA submitted the latter report to the SWX Swiss Exchange after an additional
delay of 8 trading days.
Furthermore, another member of senior management/executive member of the board of directors sold on 5 September 2005 Serono shares valued
at CHF 193,459.- and failed to notify Serono SA of the transaction in a timely manner. In turn, the report of the transaction was submitted
by Serono SA to the SWX Swiss Exchange, this time with an additional delay of 17 trading days. Only then was the transaction published.
And finally, a non-executive member of the board of directors of Serono SA sold on 9 November 2005 Serono shares valued at CHF 710,023.-
and failed to notify Serono SA of the transaction in a timely manner. Serono SA once again reported the transaction to the SWX Swiss
Exchange only after a delay of 8 trading days, at which point it was published.
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As a result, Serono SA violated Art. 74a para 3 LR. In view of the size of these transactions as well as the length of the reporting delays,
the Executive Committee of the Admission Board has issued a reprimand with related publication against Serono SA.
Information on the provisions governing the disclosure of management transactions can be accessed at:
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Werner Vogt, Spokesman SWX Swiss Exchange. Phone: +41(0)58 854 26 75
Fax: +41(0)58 854 27 10 E-mail: pressoffice at swx dot com