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Sebi to soon take a call on rights issue; examine 'promoters' concept

Currently, the rights issue process takes 55-58 days from the time a company decides to launch the issue till the listing

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 


regulator on Thursday said it will soon take a view on a proposal to reduce the time taken for rights issues to around 31 days.

Besides, the market watchdog is in the process of taking steps to further strengthen the framework for alternative investment funds (AIFs), Chairman said at a Ficci event here.

He further said is examining the concept of company 'promoters' and studying if we can shift to 'controlling shareholders'.

The concept of 'promoters' has been prevalent in India for a long period of time.

Globally, rather than promoters, the concept of 'controlling shareholders' is more prevalent.

"Keeping in mind changing realities of the global and Indian markets, we are examining the relevance of the concept of 'promoter' in today's times along with whether any changes to Sebi Regulations are warranted in this regard," Tyagi said.

With regard to rights issue, the regulator came out with a consultative paper on the mode of fund raising in May.

In the paper, Sebi proposed to reduce the overall time taken for to around 31 days as well as make the application and allotment process more efficient.

Currently, the process takes 55-58 days from the time a company decides to launch the issue till the listing.

"Sebi had put out a consultative paper to reduce the timelines for rights issues. We will be soon taking a view on this subject," Tyagi said.

He said in recent times, has seen a pickup in the activity.

In the rights issue mode, shares are issued to existing investors at a pre-determined price, normally at a discount, in proportion to their holdings.

The regulator believes that there is a need to reduce the timelines - both in the pre-issue opening phase and after issue closure - such that issuer and shareholders benefit from process efficiencies.

Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) proposed to eliminate the requirement of giving newspaper advertisement and replacing it with intimation to the shareholders through the stock exchanges and e-mail.

Further, it sought to make the application and allotment process more efficient by using the banking and depository infrastructure as well as provide issuers with an efficient mechanism for raising funds.

The watchdog proposed a reduction in the notice period for companies to set a record date from 7 to 3 working days.

In respect of AIF, Sebi said it is in the "process of taking steps to further strengthen the framework for AIFs in areas such as standardisation of the private placement memorandum and benchmarking framework for performance disclosures".

Noting the significance of AIFs in channelising funds of investors into the capital markets, the regulator said AIF investments have seen a significant jump in the last few years.

On a cumulative basis, the investments made by AIFs stood at Rs 1.1 lakh crore in March 2019 compared to only around Rs 7,300 crore in March 2015.

First Published: Thu, September 26 2019. 16:45 IST