5300. The Nasdaq Global Select Market

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5300. The Nasdaq Global Select Market

5305. General Information for The Nasdaq Global Select Market

(a) A Company that applies for listing its securities on the Nasdaq Global Market and meets the requirements for initial listing contained in Rule 5315 shall be listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.

(b) Each October, Nasdaq will review the qualifications of all securities listed on the Nasdaq Global Market that are not included in the Nasdaq Global Select Market. Any security that meets the requirements for initial listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market contained in Rule 5315 at the time of this review will be transferred to the Global Select Market the following January, provided it meets the continued listing criteria at that time. A Company will not owe any application or entry fees in connection with such a transfer.

(c) At any time, a Company may apply to transfer a security listed on the Nasdaq Global Market to the Nasdaq Global Select Market. Such an application will be approved and effected as soon as practicable if the security meets the requirements for initial listing contained in Rule 5315. A Company will not owe any application or entry fees in connection with such a transfer.

(d) At any time, a Company may apply to transfer a security listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market to the Nasdaq Global Select Market. Such an application will be approved and effected as soon as practicable if the security meets the requirements for initial listing contained in Rule 5315. A Company transferring from the Nasdaq Capital Market to the Nasdaq Global Select Market will be required to pay the applicable fees contained in Rule 5910.

(e) After initial inclusion on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, a Company will remain on the Nasdaq Global Select Market provided it continues to meet the applicable requirements of the Listing Rules, including the continued listing requirements contained in the Rule 5400 Series, the requirements of the Rule 5100 Series, and the qualitative requirements of Rule 5200 and 5600 Series.

(f) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, the securities of any Company that is non-compliant with a qualitative listing requirement that does not provide for a grace period, or where Nasdaq staff has raised a public interest concern, will not be permitted to transfer to the Global Select Market until the underlying deficiency is resolved. In addition, any security that is below a quantitative continued listing requirement for the Nasdaq Global Market, even if the Company has not been below the requirement for a sufficient period of time to be considered non-compliant, and any Company in a grace or compliance period with respect to a quantitative listing requirement, will not be allowed to transfer from the Nasdaq Global or Capital Markets to the Nasdaq Global Select Market until the underlying deficiency is resolved. A Company before a Hearings Panel will not be allowed to transfer to the Global Select Market until the underlying deficiency is resolved. A Company that is in a grace or compliance period with respect to a qualitative listing standard, such as the cure period for filling an audit committee vacancy, will be allowed to transfer to the Global Select Market, subject to the continuation of that grace period.

Adopted March 12, 2009 (SR-NASDAQ-2009-018).

5310. Definitions and Computations

(a) For Global Select purposes, a Company is affiliated with another Company if that other Company, directly or indirectly though one or more intermediaries, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control of the Company. Control, for these purposes, means having the ability to exercise significant influence. Ability to exercise significant influence will be presumed to exist where the parent or affiliated Company directly or indirectly owns 20% or more of the other Company’s voting securities, and also can be indicated by representation on the board of directors, participation in policy making processes, material intercompany transactions, interchange of managerial personnel, or technological dependency.

(b) In computing Cash Flows for Global Select purposes, Nasdaq will rely on the net cash provided by operating activities, as reported in the Company’s financial information as filed with the Commission in the Company’s most recent periodic report and/or registration statement excluding changes in working capital or in operating assets and liabilities.

(c) In computing Income from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes for Global Select purposes, Nasdaq will rely on a Company’s financial information as filed with the Commission in the Company’s most recent periodic report and/or registration statement.

(d) In computing the number of Publicly Held Shares for Global Select purposes, Nasdaq will not consider shares held by an officer, director or 10% or greater Shareholder of the Company.

(e) In the case of a Company listing in connection with its initial public offering, compliance with the market capitalization requirements of Rules 5315(f)(3)(B), (C) and (D) will be based on the Company’s market capitalization at the time of listing.

(f) A period of less than three months shall not be considered a Fiscal Year, even if reported as a stub period in the Company’s publicly reported financial statements.

(g) If a Company has less than three years of publicly reported financial data, it may qualify under Rule 5315(f)(3)(A) if it has (1) reported aggregate income from continuing operations before income taxes of at least $11 million, and (2) positive income from continuing operations before income taxes in each of the reported fiscal years.

(h) If a Company has less than three years of publicly reported financial data, it may qualify under Rule 5315(f)(3)(C) if it has (1) reported aggregate cash flows of at least $27.5 million, and (2) positive cash flows in each of the reported fiscal years.

(i) A Company whose business plan is to complete an initial public offering and engage in a merger or acquisition with one or more unidentified companies within a specific period of time, as described in IM-5101-2, is not eligible to list on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.

(j) In computing total assets and stockholders’ equity for purposes of Rule 5315(f)(3)(D), Nasdaq will rely on a Company’s most recent publicly reported financial statements subject to the adjustments described below:

(1) Application of Use of Proceeds – If a company is in registration with the SEC and is in the process of an equity offering, adjustments should be made to reflect the net proceeds of that offering, and the specified intended application(s) of such proceeds to:

(A) Pay off existing debt or other financial instruments: The adjustment will include elimination of the actual historical interest expense on debt or other financial instruments classified as liabilities under generally accepted accounting principles being retired with offering proceeds of all relevant periods or by conversion into common stock at the time of an initial public offering occurring in conjunction with the company’s listing. If the event giving rise to the adjustment occurred during a time-period such that pro forma amounts are not set forth in the SEC registration statement (typically, the pro forma effect of repayment of debt will be provided in the current registration statement only with respect to the last fiscal year plus any interim period in accordance with SEC rules), the company must prepare the relevant adjusted financial data to reflect the adjustment to its historical financial data, and its outside audit firm must provide a report of having applied agreed-upon procedures with respect to such adjustments. Such report must be prepared in accordance with the standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

(B) Fund an acquisition:

(i) The adjustments will include those applicable with respect to acquisition(s) to be funded with the proceeds. Adjustments will be made that are disclosed as such in accordance with Rule 3-05 “Financial Statements of Business Acquired or to be Acquired” and Article 11 of Regulation S-X. Adjustments will be made for all the relevant periods for those acquisitions for which historical financial information of the acquiree is required to be disclosed in the SEC registration statement; and

(ii) Adjustments applicable to any period for which pro forma numbers are not set forth in the registration statement shall be accompanied by the relevant adjusted financial data to combine the historical results of the acquiree (or relevant portion thereof) and acquiror, as disclosed in the company’s SEC filing. Under SEC rules, the number of periods disclosed depends upon the significance level of the acquiree to the acquiror. The adjustments will include those necessary to reflect (a) the allocation of the purchase price, including adjusting assets and liabilities of the acquiree to fair value recognizing any intangibles (and associated amortization and depreciation), and (b) the effects of additional financing to complete the acquisition. The company must prepare the relevant adjusted financial data to reflect the adjustment to its historical financial data, and its outside audit firm must provide a report of having applied agreed-upon procedures with respect to such adjustments. Such report must be prepared in accordance with the standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

(2) Acquisitions and Dispositions – In instances other than acquisitions (and related dispositions of part of the acquiree) funded with the use of proceeds, adjustments will be made for those acquisitions and dispositions that are disclosed as such in a company’s financial statements in accordance with Rule 3-05 “Financial Statements of Business Acquired or to be Acquired” and Article 11 of Regulation S-X. If the disclosure does not specify pre-tax earnings from continuing operations, minority interest, and equity in the earnings or losses of investees, then such data must be prepared by the company’s outside audit firm for the Exchange’s consideration. In this regard, the audit firm would have to issue an independent accountant’s report on applying agreed-upon procedures in accordance with the standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Adopted Mar. 12, 2009 (SR-NASDAQ-2009-018); amended Apr. 6, 2010 (SR-NASDAQ-2010-047), operative May 6, 2010; amended Apr. 1, 2011 (SR-NASDAQ-2011-050).

5315. Initial Listing Requirements for Primary Equity Securities

Rule 5310 provides guidance about computations made under this Rule 5315.

(a) For inclusion in the Global Select Market, a Company must meet all requirements in Rule 5315(e), all applicable requirements of Rules 5315(f)(1), 5315(f)(2) and 5315(f)(3) and all applicable requirements in the Listing Rules.

(b) However, if a Company is a closed end management investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, it must meet all requirements in Rule 5315(e), all applicable requirements in each of Rules 5315(f)(1) and 5315(f)(2), but not requirements of 5315(f)(3).

(c) A closed end management investment company that is listed concurrently with other closed end management investment companies that have a common investment adviser or whose investment advisers are “affiliated persons” as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940 (a “Fund Family”) shall be eligible if:

(1) the total Market Value of Publicly Held Shares in such Fund Family is at least $220 million;

(2) the average Market Value of Publicly Held Shares for all funds in the Fund Family is $50 million; and

(3) each fund in the Fund Family has a Market Value of Publicly Held Shares of at least $35 million.

(d) A business development company as defined in Section 2 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 must meet all requirements in Rule 5315(e), and all applicable requirements in each of Rules 5315(f)(1) and 5315(f)(2), but not the requirements in 5315(f)(3). In lieu of meeting Rule 5315(f)(3), a business development company must have a Market Value of Listed Securities of at least $80 million.

(e) The Primary Equity Security shall meet all of the following:

(1) If the Company is not listed on the NGM, a bid price of at least $4 per share;

(2) At least 1,250,000 Publicly Held Shares; and

(3) Market Makers

A Company that meets the requirements of the NGM Income Standard ( Rule 5405(b)(1)) or the NGM Equity Standard ( Rule 5405(b)(2)) shall have at least three registered and active Market Makers. Otherwise, a Company shall have at least four registered and active Market Makers.

(f)

(1) Ownership Requirement

The Primary Equity Security shall meet no less than one of the following:

(A) At least 550 Total Holders and an average monthly trading volume over the prior 12 months of at least 1,100,000 shares per month; or

(B) At least 2,200 Total Holders; or

(C) A minimum of 450 Round Lot Holders.

(2) Market Value Requirement

The Publicly Held Shares shall meet one of the following:

(A) A Market Value of at least $110 million; or

(B) A Market Value of at least $100 million, if the Company has stockholders’ equity of at least $110 million; or

(C) A Market Value of at least $45 million in the case of: (i) a Company listing in connection with its initial public offering; and (ii) a Company that is affiliated with, or a spin-off from, another Company listed on the Global Select Market; or

(D) A Market Value of at least $70 million in the case of a closed end management investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

(3) Valuation Requirement

A Company, other than a closed end management investment company, shall meet the requirements of sub-paragraph (A), (B), (C), or (D) below:

(A) (i) Aggregate income from continuing operations before income taxes of at least $11 million over the prior three fiscal years, (ii) positive income from continuing operations before income taxes in each of the prior three fiscal years, and (iii) at least $2.2 million income from continuing operations before income taxes in each of the two most recent fiscal years; or

(B) (i) Aggregate cash flows of at least $27.5 million over the prior three fiscal years, (ii) positive cash flows in each of the prior three fiscal years, and (iii) average market capitalization of at least $550 million over the prior 12 months and total revenue of at least $110 million in the previous fiscal year; or

(C) (i) Average market capitalization of at least $850 million over the prior 12 months, and (ii) total revenue of at least $90 million in the previous fiscal year; or

(D) (i) Market capitalization of at least $160 million, (ii) total assets of at least $80 million, and (iii) stockholders’ equity of at least $55 million.

Adopted Mar. 12, 2009 (SR-NASDAQ-2009-018); amended Apr. 6, 2010 (SR-NASDAQ-2010-047), operative May 6, 2010; amended Apr. 1, 2011 (SR-NASDAQ-2011-050).

5320. Other Classes of Securities

If the Primary Equity Security of a Company is included in the Global Select Market, any other security of that same Company, such as other classes of common or preferred stock, warrants and units, that qualify for listing on the Global Market shall also be included in the Global Select Market. However, exchange traded funds, index-linked securities, selected equity-linked debt securities, trust issued receipts, structured products and commodity-backed products will not be listed on the Global Select Market. See the Rule 5700 Series for rules relating to the listing of those securities and other securities not specified under the Global Select Market listing standards.

Adopted March 12, 2009 (SR-NASDAQ-2009-018).

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