(1) Subsection 4.5(1) of the Instrument requires that annual financial statements be approved by the board of directors before filing. Subsections 4.5(2) and 4.5(3) of the Instrument require that each interim financial report be approved by the board of directors or by the company’s audit committee before filing. We believe that extracting information from financial statements that have not been approved as required by those provisions and releasing that information to the marketplace in a news release is inconsistent with the prior approval requirement. Also see National Policy 51-201 Disclosure Standards.
(2) Reporting issuers that intend to disclose financial information to the marketplace in a news release should consult National Instrument 52-107 Acceptable Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards. We believe that disclosing financial information in a news release without disclosing the accounting principles used is inconsistent with the requirement in National Instrument 52-107 Acceptable Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards to identify the accounting principles used in the financial statements.