Leading stock exchange BSE hopes to soon satisfy queries of regulator Sebi on Stock Exchanges and Clearing Corporations (Amendment) Regulations, 2016, pertaining to its proposed Rs 1,200-1300 crore maiden issue. "There were queries on consolidation of shares face value and Stock Exchanges and Clearing Corporations (Amendment) Regulations, 2016," a BSE official involved in the IPO process told PTI. "We have already cleared the consolidation of share face value from Rs 1 each to Rs 2 each. It will be implemented very soon.
Now, we are working on SECC queries and many of them had already been satisfied." Earlier, BSE was keen on launching the IPO by the fourth quarter of this fiscal. The official remained tight-lipped on when the bourse expects to get Sebi nod. Comfortable with Sebi's current regulation on listing, which does not allow self-listing, BSE says cross-listing will only improve transparency. Sources said once approval comes by, market conditions will be the driving factor for the actual IPO launch, without ruling out possibility of a January-March timeline. The entire IPO offering is sponsored by existing shareholders under Offer for Sale (OFS) category and BSE is not raising any fresh equity capital. The 141-year-old exchange has about 9,000 shareholders. It received Sebi's in-principle approval in March this year. Singapore Stock Exchange is one of the shareholders completely divesting its stake. Top shareholders include Deutsche Boerse AG, Singapore Exchange Ltd, Caldwell India Holdings Inc, Atticus Mauritius and Acacia Banyan Partners, LIC, SBI and Bajaj Holdings. Deutsche Boerse is not selling any stake in this offer while BSE officials expect they will raise their shareholding in the near future.
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