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Nomu - Parallel Market


A parallel equity market with lighter listing requirements that serves as an alternative platform for companies to go public, and the investment in this market is restricted to Qualified Investors.

The Main Objectives of Establishing Nomu-Parallel Market:

  1. Additional source of funding for issuers to access capital.
  2. Increased diversification and deepening the Saudi capital market.

Main Characteristics:

  1. Market with lighter requirements.
  2. Restricted to Qualified Investors.
  3. Possibility of transition to Main Market after obtaining needed approvals.

Criteria for Listing and Offering In Nomu-Parallel Market:

Nomu - Parallel Market Criteria
Admission Document Modified, less stringent application submitted to CMA and Saudi Exchange.
Offering & Listing Process Simpler and flexible offering and listing process.
Financial Disclosure More flexible disclosure requirements (in terms of duration) compared to the Main Market, through:
1. Disclosure of the semi-annual financial statements within a period not exceeding 45 days from the end of the period.
2. Disclosure of the annual financial statements within a period not exceeding 3 months from the end of the period.
Material Changes Disclosure Similar to the Main Market

Listing and Offering Requirements In Nomu-Parallel Market:

The Offering & Listing process takes the following criteria into consideration:

  • The issuer must be a joint stock company
  • There must be a sufficiently liquid market for the shares that are the subject of the application for listing on the Parallel Market as follows: 
              1) There are at least 50 public shareholders at the time of listing; and
              2) At least 20% of the class of shares that are the subject of the application will be owned by the public at the time of listing or the                  market value of shares owned by the public at the time of listing is not less than SAR 30 million (whichever is less).  
  • Minimum 1 year of operational and financial performance.
  • Appointing a financial advisor is mandatory, legal advisor is optional.
  • Annual audited financial statements.
  • Semi-annual reviewed financial statements.
  • Disclosure of significant/essential information.
  • No profitability track record required.
  • Lock Up Period: 100% of pre-offering investor shares for one year.
  • Minimum market cap of SAR 10 million.

Key Differences between Main Market and Nomu-Parallel Market:

  Main Market Nomu - Parallel Market
Minimum Market Cap SAR 300 million SAR 10 million
% Offered At least 30%
  • At least 20% of the issued shares.
  • Or floating SAR 30 million worth of shares in the market, whichever is less.
Public Shareholders At least 200

At least 50 

Continuous Obligations

Standard disclosure requirements:

  • Disclosure of quarterly financial statements within 30 calendar days from the end of the period
  • Year-end financial statements within 3 months from the end of the period

Lighter financial disclosure requirements than the Main Market (with regards to time permissible to disclose):

  • Disclosure of semi-annual* financial statements within 45 calendar days from the end of the period.
  • Year-end financial statements within 3 months from the end of the period
Daily Price Fluctuation Limits

Daily Price Fluctuation Limits is ±30% based on the previous day closing price or the listing price in the case of the first day of trading after listing.

±30% is applicable only during the first 3 days of trading newly listed Equities, Real Estate Investment Traded Funds and Closed-ended Investment Traded Funds.

On the fourth day of trading:
The Daily Price Fluctuation Limit will revert to ±10%.

Daily Price Fluctuation Limits is ±30% based on the previous day closing price or the listing price in the case of the first day of trading after listing.

±30% Daily Price Fluctuation Limits applies to all listed securities on Nomu.

Static Price Fluctuation Limits

Static Price Fluctuation Limits to be set at ±10% for the first three days of trading newly listed Equities, Real Estate Investment Traded Funds and Closed-ended Investment Traded Funds.

On the fourth day of trading:
No Static Price Fluctuation Limit is applied.

Static Price Fluctuation Limits of ±10% will apply on an ongoing basis for all listed securities on Nomu.

Who can Invest in Nomu-Parallel Market (Qualified Investors)?

Given that Nomu – Parallel Market is restricted to Qualified Investors, Capital Market Institution must determine who is eligible. Qualified Investors are defined as per the below criteria:

  1. Capital Market Institutions acting for their own account.
  2. Clients of a Capital Market Institution by the Authority to conduct managing activities provided that this Capital Market Institution has been appointed as an investment manager on terms which enable it to make decisions concerning the acceptance of an offer and investment in the Parallel Market on the client’s behalf without obtaining prior approval from the client.
  3. The Government of the Kingdom, any government body, any supranational authority recognized by the Authority or the Exchange, and any other stock exchange recognized by the Authority or the Securities Depository Center.
  4. Government-owned companies, either directly or through a portfolio managed by a Capital Market Institution authorized to carry out managing activities.
  5. Companies and funds established in a member state of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf.
  6. Investment Funds.
  7. Non-resident foreigners permitted to invest in the parallel market and who meet the requirements stipulated in the Guidance Note for the investment of Non-Resident Foreigners in the Parallel Market.
  8. Qualified foreign financial institutions.
  9. Any other legal persons allowed to open an investment account in the Kingdom and an account at the Depositary Center.
  10. Natural persons allowed to open an investment account in the Kingdom and an account at the Securities Depository Center Company (“Edaa”), and fulfill any of the following criteria:
  • Has conducted transactions in capital markets of not less than SAR 40 million in total and not less than ten transactions in each quarter during the last twelve months.
  • Holds net assets not less than SAR 5 million.
  • Works or has worked for at least three years in the financial sector.
  • Holds the General Securities Qualification Certificate "CME-1", which is recognized by the CMA.
  • Holds a professional certificate that is related to dealing with securities and accredited by an internationally recognized entity.

      11. Any other persons prescribed by the Authority.

Non-Resident Foreigners whom are allowed to Invest in Nomu-Parallel Market:

  1. Qualified foreign investors according to the Rules for Qualified Foreign Financial Institutions Investment in Listed Securities. 
  2. The ultimate beneficiary in a Swap agreement with an authorized person.
  3. Legal persons allowed to open an investment account in the Kingdom and an account at the "Edaa" and are licensed or incorporated in a jurisdiction that applies regulatory and monitoring standards equivalent to those applied or accepted by the CMA in accordance with the list of jurisdictions issued by the CMA.
  4. Natural persons holding the nationality of a country that applies regulatory and monitoring standards equivalent to those applied or accepted by the CMA, in accordance with the list of jurisdictions issued by the CMA, and resides in such countries, and fulfills any of the following criteria: 
  • Has conducted transactions in capital markets of not less than SAR 40 million in total and not less than ten transactions in each quarter during the last twelve months.
  • Holds net assets of not less than SAR 5 million.
  • Works or has worked for at least three years in the financial sector.
  • Holds the General Securities Qualification Certificate "CME-1", which is recognized by the CMA.
  • Holds a professional certificate that is related to dealing with securities and accredited by an internationally recognized entity.

  Registration Process:

To open an investment account for Non-resident foreign all required documents should be submitted to the designated AP for their review and approval.

Transition To Main Market:

When a company wishes to transition from Nomu to the Main Market, a company must comply with the following requirements:

  1. Completing 2 years since listing on Nomu - Parallel Market
  2. Meeting the requirements for listing on the Main Market, except for the market capitalization where the minimum average market cap. for the last six months is SAR 200 million
  3. The Issuer must disclose to the public the board of directors’ report, which includes all information required pursuant to the relevant Implementing Regulations.
  4. Approval of the Board of Directors to transfer to the Main Market and disclose it to the public before the start of the trading session after the issuance of approval.
  5. Submitting to Saudi Exchange the application to transition to the Main Market and disclosing it to the public.


The company's shares shall be suspended for a period not exceeding five trading sessions until the completion of the transfer procedures.

Direct Listing In Nomu-Parallel Market:

Saudi Exchange is the first GCC exchanges to allow Direct Listings, which will enable companies to directly list their shares in Nomu - Parallel Market without an offering.

Companies that wish to directly list on Nomu must comply with the following requirements:

  1. Meeting all Nomu market direct listing requirements as stipulated in the listing rules.
  2. Appointing a financial advisor to offer advisory to the issuer in regards to implementing market rules and regulations, as well as any other regulations imposed upon Nomu – Parallel Market issuers.

Additional Criteria that the Issuer must satisfy to ensure the availability of sufficient liquidity in the shares subject to the Direct Listing application in the Parallel Market according to paragraph (c) of Article 34 of the Listing Rules:

Sequence Criteria Description
1 First Criteria: The Issuer must satisfy this criterion through one of the following tiers
  A- First Tier:
(if the number of public shareholders is less than 300)
That the top 20 shareholders of the shareholders classified as public must not exceed the percentage of more than 50% of the total shares owned by the public directly and indirectly. For the purposes of applying this standard, a shareholder is a public class who owns 100 shares or more.
  B- Second Tier:
(if the number of public shareholders is less than 600 and more than 300)
That the top 15 shareholders of the shareholders classified as public must not exceed the percentage of more than 50% of the total shares owned by the public directly and indirectly. For the purposes of applying this standard, a shareholder is a public class who owns 100 shares or more.
  C- Third Tier: (if the number of public shareholders is more than 600) That the top 10 shareholders of the shareholders classified as public must not exceed the percentage of more than 50% of the total shares owned by the public directly and indirectly. For the purposes of applying this standard, a shareholder is a public class who owns 100 shares or more.
  D- Fourth Tier: (if the Issuer had previously made private placement) That the top 10 shareholders of the shareholders classified as public must not exceed the percentage of more than 50% of the total shares owned by the public directly and indirectly, if the Issuer had previously made private placement and provided evidence of that. For the purposes of applying this standard, a shareholder is a public class who owns 100 shares or more.
2 Second Criteria The ownership of the Audit Committee members and their relatives from the shares owned as public will not be counted to meet the liquidity criteria.
3 Third Criteria A disclosure declaration by the issuer's shareholders indicating that there is no act by agreement in accordance with the above-mentioned tiers.