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  • SEBI (Buy Back) Regulation 2015
    • CHAPTER I PRELIMINARY

        1. Short title and commencement

        (a) These regulations shall be called the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Buy Back of Securities) Regulations, 1998.

        (b) These regulations shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

        2. Definitions : (1) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires :—

        (a) ‘Act’ means the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 (15 of 1992);

        (b) ‘associate’ includes a person,—

        (i) who directly or indirectly by himself or in combination with relatives, exercise control over the company or,

        (ii) whose employee, officer or director is also a director, officer or employee of another company;

        (c) ‘Board’ means the board as defined in clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Act;

        (d) ‘control’ shall include the right to appoint majority of the directors or to control the management or policy decisions exercisable by a person or persons acting individually or in concert, directly or indirectly, including by virtue of their shareholding or management rights or security-holders or voting agreements or in any other manner;
        (e) ‘company’ includes a company registered under the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956) any buys or intends to buy its own shares or other specified securities in accordance with these regulations;
        (f) ‘Companies Act’ means the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956), as inserted by the Companies (Amendment) Act, 1999 (21 of 1999)];
        (g) ‘insider’ means an insider as defined in clause (e) of regulation 2 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Insider Trading) Regulations, 1992;
        (h) ‘merchant banker’ means a merchant banker registered under section 12 of the Act;
        (i) ‘Ordinance’ means the Companies (Amendment) Act, 1999 (21 of 1999);
        (j) ‘promoter’ means ‘promoter’ as defined in clause (h) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 2 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 1997;
        (k) ‘registrar’ means a registrar to an issue and includes a share transfer agent registered under section 12 of the Act;
        (l) ‘securities’ means ‘securities’ as defined in clause (h) of section 2 of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956 (42 of 1956);
        (la) ‘small shareholder’ means a shareholder of a listed company, who holds shares or other specified securities whose market value, on the basis of closing price of shares or other specified securities, on the recognised stock exchange in whichhighest trading volume in respect of such security, as on record date is not more than two lakh rupee;
        (m) ‘statutory auditor’ means an auditor appointed by a company under section 224 of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956);
        (n) ‘stock exchange’ means a stock exchange which has been granted recognition under section 4 of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956 (42 of 1956);
        (o) ‘tender offer’ means an offer by a company to buy-back its shares or other specified securities through a letter of offer from the holders of the shares or other specified securities of the company;
        (p) ‘working day’ means any working day of the Board.
        (2) All other expressions unless defined herein shall have the same meaning as have been assigned to them under the Act or the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956, or the Companies Act, 1956, or any statutory modification or re-enactment thereof, as the case may be.

    • CHAPTER II CONDITION FOR BUY BACK

        3.Applicability:

        (1) These regulations shall be applicable to buy-back of shares or other specified securities of a company listed on a stock exchange.
        (2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-regulation (1), a company listed on a stock exchange shall not buy-back its shares or other specified securities so as to delist its shares or other specified securities from the stock exchange.

        4.Company may buy-back its own shares or other specified securities:

        (1) A company may buy-back its shares or other specified securities by any one of the following methods :—
        (a) from the existing security-holders on a proportionate basis through the tender offer;
        (b) from the open market through—
        (i) book-building process,
        (ii) stock exchange;
        (c) from odd-lot holders:
        Provided that no offer of buy-back for fifteen per cent or more of the paid up capital and free reserves of the company shall be made from the open market.
        (2) A company shall not buy-back its shares or other specified securities from any person through negotiated deals, whether on or of the stock exchange or through spot transactions or through any private arrangement.
        (3) Any person or an insider shall not deal in securities of the company on the basis of unpublished information relating to buy-back of shares or other specified securities of the company.
        (4) A company shall not make any offer of buy-back within a period of one year reckoned from the date of closure of the preceding offer of buy-back, if any.

        5.Special resolution

        (1) For the purposes of passing a special resolution under sub-section (2) of section 77A of the Companies Act, the explanatory statement to be annexed to the notice for the general meeting pursuant to section 173 of the Companies Act shall contain disclosures as specified in Schedule II, Part A.
        (2) A copy of the resolution passed at the general meeting under sub-section (2) of section 77A of the Companies Act, shall be filed with the Board and the stock exchanges where the shares or other specified securities of the company are listed, within seven days from the date of passing of the resolution.

        5A.Board resolution

        A company, authorized by a resolution passed by the Board of Directors at its meeting to buy back its shares or other specified securities under first proviso to clause (b) of sub-section (2) of section 77A of the Companies Act, 1956, as inserted by the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2001, shall file a copy of the resolution, with the Board and the stock exchanges, where the shares or other specified securities ofthe company are listed, within two working days of the date of the passing of the resolution.

    • CHAPTER III BUY-BACK THROUGH TENDER OFFER

        6.Buy-back from existing security-holders:

        A company may buy-back its shares or other specified securities from its existing security-holders on a proportionate basis in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter:
        Provided that fifteen percent of the number of securities which the company proposes to buy back or number of securities entitled as per their shareholding,whichever is higher, shall be reserved for small shareholders.

        7.Additional disclosures:

        The explanatory statement annexed to the notice under section 173 of theCompanies Act, shall contain the disclosures mentioned in regulation 5 and also the following disclosures:—
        (a) the maximum price at which the buy-back of shares or other specified securities shall be made and whether the Board of Directors of the companyare being authorised at the general meeting to determine subsequently the specific price at which the buy-back may be made at the appropriate time;
        (b) if the promoter intends to offer their shares or other specified securities,
        (i) the quantum of shares or other specified securities proposed to be tendered, and
        (ii) the details of their transactions and their holdings for the last six months prior to the passing of the special resolution for buy-back including information of number of shares or other specified securities acquired,the price and the date of acquisition.

        8.Filing of offer document, etc.

        (1) The company which has been authorised by a special resolution or a resolution passed by the Board of Directors at its meeting shall make a public announcement within two working days from the date of resolution in at least one English National Daily, one Hindi National Daily and a Regional language daily all with wide circulation at the place where the Registered office of the company issituated and shall contain all the material information as specified in Schedule II, Part A.
        (1A) A copy of the public announcement along with the soft copy, shall also be submitted to the Board simultaneously through a merchant banker.

        (2) The company shall within five working days of the public announcement file with the Board a draft-letter of offer , along with soft copy, containing disclosures as specified in Schedule III through a merchant banker who is not associated with the company.
        (3) The draft letter of offer referred to in sub-regulation (4) shall be accompanied with fees specified in Schedule IV.
        (4)The Board may give its comments on the draft letter of offer not later than seven working days of the receipt of the draft letter of offer:
        Provided that in the event the Board has sought clarifications or additional information from the merchant banker to the buyback offer, the period of issuance ofcomments shall be extended to the seventh working day from the date of receipt of satisfactory reply to the clarification or additional information sought:
        Provided further that in the event the Board specifies any changes, the merchant banker to the buyback offer and the company shall carryout such changes in the letter of offer before it is dispatched to the shareholders.
        (5) The company shall file along with the draft letter of offer, a declaration of solvency in the prescribed form and in a manner prescribed in sub-section (6) of section 77A of the Companies Act.

        9.Offer procedure:

        (1) A company making a buyback offer shall announce a record date for the purpose of determining the entitlement and the names of the security holders, who are eligible to participate in the proposed buyback offer.
        (2) The letter of offer along with the tender form shall be dispatched to the security holders who are eligible to participate in the buyback offer, not later than five working days from the receipt of communication of comments from the Board.

        (3) The date of the opening of the offer shall be not later than five working days from the date of dispatch of letter of offer.
        3A. The acquirer or promoter shall facilitate tendering of shares by the shareholders and settlement of the same, through the stock exchange mechanism as specified by the Board.
        (4) The offer for buy back shall remain open for a period of ten working days.
        (5) The company shall accept shares or other specified securities from the security holders on the basis of their entitlement as on record date.
        (6) The shares proposed to be bought back shall be divided in to two categories; (a) reserved category for small shareholders and (b) the general category for other shareholders, and the entitlement of a shareholder in each category shall be calculated accordingly.
        (7) After accepting the shares or other specified securities tendered on the basis of entitlement, shares or other specified securities left to be bought back, if any in one category shall first be accepted, in proportion to the shares or other specified securities tendered over and above their entitlement in the offer by security holders in that category and thereafter from security holders who have tendered over andabove their entitlement in other category.

        10.Escrow account:

        (1) The company shall as and by way of security for performance of its obligations under the regulations, on or before the opening of the offer deposit in an escrow account such sum as specified in sub-regulation (2).
        (2) The escrow amount shall be payable in the following manner,—
        (i) if the consideration payable does not exceed Rs. 100 crores - 25 per cent of the consideration payable;
        (ii) if the consideration payable exceeds Rs. 100 crores - 25 per cent upto Rs. 100 crores and 10 per cent thereafter.
        (3) The escrow account referred in sub-regulation (1) shall consist of,:
        (a) cash deposited with a scheduled commercial bank, or
        (b) bank guarantee in favour of the merchant banker, or
        (c) deposit of acceptable securities with appropriate margin, with the merchant banker, or
        (d) a combination of (a), (b) and (c) above.
        (4) Where the escrow account consists of deposit with a scheduled commercial bank, the company shall, while opening the account, empower the merchant banker to instruct the bank to issue a banker’s cheque or demand draft for the amount lying to the credit of the escrow account, as provided in the regulations.
        (5) Where the escrow account consists of bank guarantee, such bank guarantee shall be in favour of the merchant banker and shall be valid until thirty days after the closure of the offer.
        (6) The company shall, in case the escrow account consists of securities, empower the merchant banker to realise the value of such escrow account by sale or otherwise and if there is any deficit on realisation of the value of the securities, the merchant banker shall be liable to make good any such deficit.
        (7) In case the escrow account consists of bank guarantee or approved securities, these shall not be returned by the merchant banker till completion of all obligations under the regulations.
        (8) Where the escrow account consists of bank guarantee or deposit of approved securities, the company shall also deposit with the bank in cash a sum of at least one per cent of the total consideration payable, as and by way of security for fulfilment of the obligations under the regulations by the company.
        (9) On payment of consideration to all the security-holders who have accepted the offer and after completion of all formalities of buy-back, the amount, guarantee and securities in the escrow, if any, shall be released to the company.
        (10) The Board in the interest of the security-holders may in case of non-fulfilment of obligations under the regulations by the company forfeit the escrow account either in full or in part.
        (11) The amount forfeited under sub-regulation (10) may be distributed pro rata amongst the security-holders who accepted the offer and balance, if any, shall be utilised for investor protection.


        11.Payment to security-holders:

        (1) The company shall immediately after the date of closure of the offer open a special account with a banker to an issue registered with the Board and deposit therein, such sum as would, together with ninety per cent. of the amount lying in the escrow account make-up the entire sum due and payable as consideration for buy-back in terms of these regulations and for this purpose, may transfer the funds from the escrow account.
        (2) The company shall complete the verifications of offers received and make payment of consideration to those security holders whose offer has been accepted or return the shares or other specified securities to the security holders within seven working days of the closure of the offer.

        12.Extinguishment of certificate:

        (1) The company shall extinguish and physically destroy the security certificates so bought back in the presence of a Registrar to issue or the MerchantBanker and the Statutory Auditor within fifteen days of the date of acceptance of the shares or other specified securities:
        Provided that the company shall ensure that all the securities bought - back are extinguished within seven days of the last date of completion of buy - back.

        (2) The shares or other specified securities offered for buy-back if already dematerialised shall be extinguished and destroyed in the manner specified under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Depositories and Participants) Regulations, 1996, and the bye-laws framed thereunder.
        (3)(a) The company shall, furnish a certificate to the Board certifying compliance as specified in sub-regulation (1) and duly certified and verified by -
        (i) the registrar and whenever there is no registrar by the merchant banker;
        (ii) two directors of the company one of whom shall be a managing director where there is one;
        (iii) the statutory auditor of the company,
        (b) The certificate required under clause (a) shall be furnished to the Board on a monthly basis by the seventh day of the month succeeding the month in which the securities certificates are extinguished and destroyed.
        (4) The company shall furnish, the particulars of the security certificates extinguished and destroyed under sub-regulation (1), to the stock exchanges wherethe shares of the company are listed on a monthly basis by the seventh day of the month succeeding the month in which the securities certificates are extinguished and destroyed.
        (5) The company shall maintain a record of 52[security certificates] which have been cancelled and destroyed as prescribed in sub-section (9) of section 77A of the Companies Act.

        13.Odd-lot Buy-back:

        The provisions pertaining to buy-back through tender offer as specified in this Chapter shall be applicable mutatis mutandis to odd-lot shares or other specified securities.

    • CHAPTER IV BUY-BACK FROM THE OPEN MARKET

        14.Buy-back from open market:

        (1) A company intending to buy-back its shares or other specified securities from the open market shall do so in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter.

        (2) The buy-back of shares or other specified securities from the open market may be in any one of the following methods :

        (a) through stock exchange,
        (b) book-building process.
        (3) The company shall ensure that atleast fifty per cent of the amount earmarked for buy-back, as specified in resolutions referred to in regulation 5 or regulation 5A, is utilized for buying-back shares or other specified securities.

        15.Buy-back through stock exchange:

        A company shall buy-back its shares or other specified securities through the stock exchange as provided hereunder :
        (a) The special resolution referred to in regulation 5 or the resolution passed by the Board of Directors at its meeting as referred to in regulation 5A shall specify the maximum price at which the buy-back shall be made;
        (b) The buy-back of the shares or other specified securities shall not be made from the promoters or persons in control of the company;
        (c) The company shall appoint a merchant banker and make a public announcement as referred to in regulation 8;

        (d) The public announcement shall be made 60[within seven working days from the date of passing the resolution referred to in regulation 5 or regulation 5A, and shall contain disclosures as specified in Schedule II, Part B;

        (e) Simultaneously with the issue of such public announcement, the company shall file a copy of the public announcement with the Board along with the fees specified in Schedule IV;

        (f) The public announcement shall also contain disclosures regarding details of the brokers and stock exchanges through which the buy-back of shares or other specified securities would be made;
        (g) The buy-back shall be made only on stock exchanges having nationwide trading terminals;
        (h) The buy-back of  shares or other specified securities shall be made only through the order matching mechanism except ‘all or none’ order matching system;
        (i) the company shall submit the information regarding the shares or other specified securities bought-back, to the stock exchange on a daily basis in such form as may be specified by the Board and the stock exchange shall upload the same on its official website immediately;

        (ia) The company shall upload the information regarding the shares or other specified securities bought-back on its website on a daily basis;

        (j) The identity of the company as a purchaser shall appear on the electronic screen when the order is placed;
        (k) The buy-back offer shall open not later than seven working days from the date of public announcement and shall close within six months from the date of opening of the offer.

        15A.Buy-back of physical shares or other specified securitie:

        A company shall buy-back its shares or other specified securities in physical form through open market method as provided hereunder:(a) a separate window shall be created by the stock exchange, which shall remain open during the buy-back period, for buy-back of shares or other specified securities in physical form.
        (b) the company shall buy-back shares or other specified securities from eligible shareholders holding physical shares through the separate window specified in clause (a), only after verification of the identity proof and address proof by the broker.

        (c) the price at which the shares or other specified securities are bought back shall be the volume weighted average price of the shares or other specified securities bought-back, other than in the physical form, during the calendar week in which such shares or other specified securities were received by the broker:
        Provided that the price of shares or other specified securities tendered during the first calendar week of the buy-back shall be the volume
        weighted average market price of the shares or other specified securities of the company during the preceding calendar week.
        Explanation: In case no shares or other specified securities were bought back in the normal market during calendar week, the preceding week when the company has last bought back the shares or other specified securities may be considered.

        15B. Escrow account:

        (1) The Company shall, before opening of the offer, create an escrow account towards security for performance of its obligations under these regulations, and deposit in escrow account 25 per cent of the amount earmarked for the buy-back as specified in the resolutions referred to in regulation 5 or regulation 5A.
        (2) The escrow account referred to in sub-regulation (1) may be in the form of,—

        (a) cash deposited with any scheduled commercial bank; or
        (b) bank guarantee issued in favour of the merchant banker by any scheduled commercial bank.

        (3) For such part of the escrow account as is in the form of a cash deposit with a scheduled commercial bank, the company shall while opening the account, empower the merchant banker to instruct the bank to make payment of the amounts lying to the credit of the escrow account, to meet the obligations arising out of the buy-back.
        (4) For such part of the escrow account as is in the form of a bank guarantee:

        (1) The Company shall, before opening of the offer, create an escrow account towards security for performance of its obligations under these regulations, and
        deposit in escrow account 25 per cent of the amount earmarked for the buy-back as specified in the resolutions referred to in regulation 5 or regulation 5A.
        (2) The escrow account referred to in sub-regulation (1) may be in the form of,—

        (a) cash deposited with any scheduled commercial bank; or
        (b) bank guarantee issued in favour of the merchant banker by any scheduled commercial bank.
        (3) For such part of the escrow account as is in the form of a cash deposit with a scheduled commercial bank, the company shall while opening the account, empower the merchant banker to instruct the bank to make payment of the amounts lying to the credit of the escrow account, to meet the obligations arising out of the buy-back.
        (4) For such part of the escrow account as is in the form of a bank guarantee:

        (1) The Company shall, before opening of the offer, create an escrow account towards security for performance of its obligations under these regulations, and deposit in escrow account 25 per cent of the amount earmarked for the buy-back as specified in the resolutions referred to in regulation 5 or regulation 5A.

        (2) The escrow account referred to in sub-regulation (1) may be in the form of,—

        (a) cash deposited with any scheduled commercial bank; or
        (b) bank guarantee issued in favour of the merchant banker by any scheduled commercial bank.
        (3) For such part of the escrow account as is in the form of a cash deposit with a scheduled commercial bank, the company shall while opening the account, empower the merchant banker to instruct the bank to make payment of the amounts lying to the credit of the escrow account, to meet the obligations arising out of the buy-back.

        (4) For such part of the escrow account as is in the form of a bank guarantee:

        (a) the same shall be in favour of the merchant banker and shall be kept valid for a period of thirty days after the closure of the offer or till the completion of all obligations under these regulations, whichever is later.
        (b) the same shall not be returned by the merchant banker till completion of all obligations under the regulations.

        (5) Where part of the escrow account is in the form of a bank guarantee, the company shall deposit with a scheduled commercial bank, in cash, a sum of at least 2.5 per cent of the total amount earmarked for buy-back as specified in the resolutions referred to in regulation 5 or regulation 5A. as and by way of security for fulfillment of the obligations under the regulations by the company.
        (6) The escrow amount may be released for making payment to the shareholders subject to atleast 2.5% of the amount earmarked for buy-back as specified in the resolutions referred to in regulation 5 or regulation 5A remaining in the escrow account at all points of time.
        (7) On fulfilling the obligation specified at sub regulation (3) of Regulation 14, the amount and the guarantee remaining in the escrow account, if any, shall be released to the company.
        (8) In the event of non-compliance with sub-regulation (3) of regulation 14, except in cases where,-

        a. volume weighted average market price (VWAMP) of the shares or other specified securities of the company during the buy-back period was higher than the buy-back price as certified by the Merchant banker based on the inputs provided by the Stock Exchanges.
        b. inadequate sell orders despite the buy orders placed by the company as certified by the Merchant banker based on the inputs provided by the Stock Exchanges.
        c. such circumstances which were beyond the control of the company and in the opinion of the Board merit consideration,


        the Board may direct the merchant banker to forfeit the escrow account, subject to a maximum of 2.5 per cent of the amount earmarked for buy-back as specified in the resolutions referred to in regulations 5 or 5A.

        (9) In the event of forfeiture for non-fulfillment of obligations specified in subregulation (8), the amount forfeited shall be deposited in the Investor Protection and Education Fund of Securities and Exchange Board of India.

        16.Extinguishment of certificates:

        (1) Subject to the provisions of sub-regulation (2) and sub-regulation (3), the provisions of regulation 12 pertaining to extinguishment of certificates shall be applicable mutatis mutandis.
        (2) The company shall complete the verification of acceptances within fifteen days of the payout.
        (3) The company shall extinguish and physically destroy the security certificates so bought back during the month in the presence of a Merchant Banker and the Statutory Auditor, on or before the fifteenth day of the succeeding month:


        Provided that the company shall ensure that all the securities bought-back areextinguished within seven days of the last date of completion of buyback.

        17.Buy-back through book building:

        A company may buy-back its shares or other specified securities through the book-building process as provided hereunder:
        (1) (a) The special resolution referred to in regulation 5 73[or the resolution passed by the Board of Directors at its meeting, as referred to in regulation 5A] shall specify the maximum price at which the buy-back shall be made.
        (b) The company shall appoint a merchant banker and make a public announcement as referred to in regulation 8.
        (c) The public announcement shall be made at least seven days prior to the commencement of buy-back.

        (d) Subject to the provisions of sub-clauses (i) and (ii) the provisions of regulation 10 shall be applicable :
        (i) The deposit in the escrow account shall be made before the date of the public announcement.
        (ii) The amount to be deposited in the escrow account shall be determined with reference to the maximum price as specified in the public announcement.
        (e) A copy of the public announcement shall be filed with the Board within two days of such announcement along with the fees as specified in Schedule IV.
        (f) The public announcement shall also contain the detailed methodologyof the book-building process, the manner of acceptance, the format of acceptance to be sent by the security-holders pursuant to the public announcement and the details of bidding centres.
        (g) The book-building process shall be made through an electronically linked transparent facility.
        (h) The number of bidding centres shall not be less than thirty and there shall be at least one electronically linked computer terminal at all the bidding centres.
        (i) The offer for buy-back shall remain open to the security-holders for a period not less than fifteen days and not exceeding thirty days.
        (j) The merchant banker and the company shall determine the buy-back price based on the acceptances received.
        (k) The final buy-back price, which shall be the highest price accepted shall be paid to all holders whose shares or other specified securities have been accepted for buy-back.

        (2) The provisions of sub-regulation (2) of regulation 11 pertaining to verification of acceptances and the provisions of regulation 11 pertaining to opening of special account and payment of consideration shall be applicable mutatis mutandis.

        18.Extinguishment of certificates:

        The provisions of regulation 12 pertaining to extinguishment of certificates shall be applicable mutatis mutandis.

    • CHAPTER V GENERAL OBLIGATIONS

        19.Obligations of the company:

        (1) The company shall ensure that,—
        (a) the letter of offer, the public announcement of the offer or any other advertisement, circular, brochure, publicity material shall contain true, factual and material information and shall not contain any misleading information and must state that the directors of the company accepts the responsibility for the information contained in such documents;
        (b) the company shall not issue any shares or other specified securities including by way of bonus till the date of closure of the offer made under these regulations;
        (c) the company shall pay the consideration only by way of cash;
        (d) the company shall not withdraw the offer to buy-back after the draft letter of offer is filed with the Board or public announcement of the offer to buy-back is made;  

        (e) the promoter or the person shall not deal in the shares or other specified securities of the company in the stock exchange or off-market, including interse transfer of shares among the promoters] during the period from the date ofpassing the resolution under regulation 5 or regulation 5A till the closing of the offer.

        (f) the company shall not raise further capital for a period of one year from the closure of buy-back offer, except in discharge of its subsisting obligations.
        (2) No public announcement of buy-back shall be made during the pendency of any scheme of amalgamation or compromise or arrangement pursuant to the provisions of the Companies Act.
        (3) The company shall nominate a compliance officer and investors service centre for compliance with the buy-back regulations and to redress the grievances of the investors.

        (4) The particulars of the 84[security certificates] extinguished and destroyed shall be furnished by the company to the stock exchanges where the shares or other specified securities of the company are listed within seven days of extinguishment and destruction of the certificates.
        (5) The company shall not buy-back the locked-in 86[shares or other specified securities] and non-transferable shares or other specified securities till the pendency of the lock-in or till the shares or other specified securities become transferable.

        (6) The company shall within two days of the completion of buy-back issue a public advertisement in a national daily, inter alia, disclosing:
        (i) number of  shares or other specified securities bought;
        (ii) price at which the shares or other specified securities bought;
        (iii) total amount invested in the buy-back;
        (iv) details of the security-holders from whom  shares or other specified securities exceeding one per cent of total shares or other specified securities were bought back; and
        (v) the consequent changes in the capital structure and the shareholding pattern after and before the buy-back.
        (7) The company in addition to these regulations shall comply with the provisions of buy-back as contained in the Companies Act and other applicable laws.

        20.Obligations of the Merchant Banker:

        The merchant banker shall ensure that—
        (a) the company is able to implement the offer;
        (b) the provision relating to escrow account as referred to in regulation 10 has been made;
        (c) firm arrangements for monies for payment to fulfil the obligations under the offer are in place;
        (d) the public announcement of buy-back is made in terms of the regulations;

        (e) the letter of offer has been filed in terms of the regulations;
        (f) the merchant banker shall furnish to the Board a due diligence certificate which shall accompany the draft letter of offer;
        (g) the merchant banker shall ensure that the contents of the public announcement of offer as well as the letter of offer are true, fair and adequate and quoting the source wherever necessary;
        (h) the merchant banker shall ensure compliance of section 77A and section 77B of the Companies Act, and any other laws or rules as may be applicable in this regard;
        (i) upon fulfilment of all obligations by the company under the regulations, the merchant banker shall inform the bank with whom the escrow or special amount has been deposited to release the balance amount to the company;
        (j) the merchant banker shall send a final report to the Board in the form specified within 15 days from the date of closure of the buy-back offer.

        21.Action against intermediaries:

        (1) The Board may, on failure of the merchant banker to comply with the obligations or failing to observe due diligence initiate action against the merchant banker in terms of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Merchant Bankers) Regulations, 1992.
        (2) The Board may on the failure of a registrar or a broker to comply with the provisions of these regulations or failing to observe due diligence initiate action against the registrar or the broker in terms of the regulations applicable to such intermediaries.

    • CHAPTER VI PENALTIES AND PROCEDURE

        22.Power of the Board to order investigation:

        (1) The Board may, suo motu or upon information received by it, cause an investigation to be made in respect of the conduct and affairs of any person associated with the process of buy-back, by appointing an officer of the Board :
        Provided that no such investigation shall be made except for the purposes specified in sub-regulation (2).

        (2) The purposes referred to in sub-regulation (1) are the following, namely :—
        (a) to ascertain whether there are any circumstances which would render any person guilty of having contravened any of these regulations or any directions issued thereunder;
        (b) to investigate into any complaint of any contravention of the regulation, received from any investor, intermediary or any other person.

        (3) An order passed under sub-regulation (1) shall be sufficient authority for the Investigating Officer to undertake the investigation and on production of an authenticated copy of the order, the person concerned shall be bound to carry out the duty imposed in regulation 23

        23.Duty to produce records, etc.:

        (1) It shall be the duty of every person in respect of whom an investigation has been ordered under regulation 22, to produce before the Investigating Officer such books, accounts and other documents in his custody or control and furnish him with such statements and information as the said officer may require from the purposes of the investigation.
        (2) Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of sub-regulation (1), such person shall—
        (a) extend to the Investigating Officer reasonable facilities for examining any books, accounts and other documents in his custody or control (whether kept manually or in computer or in any other form) reasonably required for the purposes for the investigation;
        (b) to provide such Investigating Officer with copies of such books, accounts and records which, in the opinion of the Investigating Officer, are relevant to the investigation or, as the case may be, allow him to take out computer printouts thereof;
        (c) to provide such assistance and co-operation as may be required in connection with the investigation and furnish information relevant to such investigation as may be sought by such officer.

        (3) The Investigating Officer shall for the purpose of investigation, have the full powers :
        (a) of summoning and enforcing the attendance of persons;

        (b) to examine orally and to record on oath the statement of the persons concerned,any director, partner, member or employee of such person.

        24.Submission of Report to the Board:

        (1) The Investigating Officer shall, on completion of the investigation, after taking into account all relevant facts and circumstances, submit a report to the Board.
        (2) On the receipt of report under sub-regulation (1), the Board may initiate such action as it may be empowered to do in the interests of investors and the securities market.

        25.Power of the Board to issue directions:

        (1) The Board may in the interests of the securities market and without prejudice to its right to initiate action including criminal prosecution by the Board under section 24 of the Act and give such directions as it deems fit including :
        (a) directing the person concerned not to further deal in securities in any particular manner;
        (b) prohibiting the person concerned from cancelling any of the securities bought back in violation of the Companies Act;
        (c) directing the person concerned to sell or divest the 95[shares or other specified securities] acquired in violation of the provisions of these Regulations or any other law or regulations;
        (d) taking action against the intermediaries registered with the Board in accordance with the Regulations applicable to it;
        (e) prohibiting the persons concerned, directors, partners, members, employees and associates of such persons, from accessing the securities market;
        (f) disgorgement of any ill-gotten gains or profits or avoidance of loss;
        (g) restraining the company from making a further offer for buy-back.
        (2) In case any person is guilty of insider trading or market manipulation the person concerned shall be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Insider Trading) Regulations, 1992 and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Prohibition of Fraudulent and Unfair Trade Practices Relating to the Securities Market) Regulations, 1995.

    • CHAPTER VII MISCELLANEOUS

        26.Power of the Board to remove difficulties:

        In order to remove any difficulties in the interpretation or application of the provisions of these Regulations, the Board shall have the power to issue directions through guidance notes or circulars :
        Provided that where any direction is issued by the Board in a specific case relating to interpretation or application of any provision of these Regulations, it shall be done only after affording a reasonable opportunity to the concerned parties and after recording reasons for the direction.

    • SCHEDULE I(omitted by the by the SEBI w.e.f. 07-02- 2012.)

        Before omission Schedule I read as under:
        Schedule I
        Contents of explanatory statement [under regulation 5(1) and regulation 5A (1)(c)]
        The Explanatory statement of the notice for special resolution for buy-back shall, inter alia, contain the following :
        i. the date of the Board meeting at which the proposal for buy-back was approved by the Board of Directors of the company;
        ii. the necessity for the buy-back;
        iii. the company may specify in the explanatory statement to the notice that the shareholders at the general meeting may authorise the Board of Directors of the company to adopt one of the methods referred in sub-regulation (1) of regulation 4 at the appropriate time;
        iv. the maximum amount required under the buy-back and the sources of funds from which the buy-back would be financed;
        v. the basis of arriving at the buy-back price;
        vi. the number of securities that the company proposes to buy-back;

    • SCHEDULE II- Contents of The Public Announcement

        Schedule II
        Contents of the Public Announcement           Substituted w.e.f. 07.20.2012

        [under regulation 8(1)]
        The public announcement shall, inter alia, contain the following :
        1. Details of the offer including the total number and percentage of the total paid-up capital and free reserves proposed to be bought back and price.
        2. The proposed time table from opening of the offer till the extinguishment of the certificates.
        3. The specified date.
        4. Authority for the offer of buy-back.
        5. A full and complete disclosure of all material facts including the contents of the explanatory statement annexed to the notice for the general meeting at which the special resolution approving the buy back was passed or the contents of public notice issued after the passing of the resolution by the Board of Directors authorising the buy back.
        6. The necessity for the buy-back.
        7. The process and methodology to be adopted for the buy-back.
        8. The maximum amount to be invested under the buy-back.
        9. The minimum and the maximum number of securities that the company proposes to buy-back, sources
        of funds from which the buy-back would be made and the cost of financing the buy-back.
        10. Brief information about the company.
        11. Audited financial information for the last 3 years and the lead manager shall ensure that the particulars (audited statement and un-audited statement) contained therein shall not be more than 6 months old from the date of the public announcement together with financial ratios as may be specified by the Board.
        12. Details of escrow account opened and the amount deposited therein.
        13. Listing details and stock market data :
        (a) high, low and average market prices of the securities of the company proposed to be bought back, during the preceding three years;
        (b) monthly high and low prices for the six months preceding the date of the public announcement;
        (c) the number of securities traded on the days when the high and low prices were recorded on the relevant stock exchanges during the period stated at (a) and (b) above;
        (d) the stock market data referred to above shall be shown separately for periods marked by a change in apital structure, with such period commencing from the date the concerned stock exchange recognises the change in the capital structure (e.g., when the securities have become ex-rights or ex-bonus);
        (e) the market price immediately after the date of the resolution of the Board of directors approving the buy-back; and
        (f) the volume of securities traded in each month during the six months preceding the date of the
        public announcement. Along with high, low and average prices of securities of the company,
        details relating to volume of business transacted should also be stated for respective periods.
        15. Present capital structure (including the number of fully paid and partly paid securities) and shareholding
        pattern.
        16. The capital structure including details of outstanding convertible instruments, if any, post buy-back.
        17. The aggregate shareholding of the promoter group and of the directors of the promoters, where the promoter is a company and of persons who are in control of the company.
        18. The aggregate number of shares or other specified securities purchased or sold by persons mentioned in clause 17 above during a period of twelve months preceding the date of the public announcement; the maximum and minimum price at which purchases and sales referred to above were made along with the relevant dates.
        19. Management discussion and analysis on the likely impact of buy-back on the company’s earnings, public holdings, holding of NRIs/FIIs, etc., promoters holdings and any change in management structure.
        20. The details of statutory approvals obtained.
        21. Collection and bidding centres.
        22. Name of compliance officer and details of investors service centres.
        23. Such other disclosures as may be specified by the Board from time to time by way of guidelines.

        1. The Public announcement shall be dated and signed on behalf of the Board of Directors of the company by its manager or secretary, if any, and by not less than two directors of the company one of whom shall be a managing director where there is one.
        2. The Public announcement shall be dated and signed on behalf of the Board of Directors of the company by its manager or secretary, if any, and by not less than two directors of the company one of whom shall be a managing director where there is one.
        3. A full and complete disclosure of all material facts including the following shall be made:

        Part A: Disclosures under Regulation 5(1) and 8(1)
        i. Date of the Board meeting at which the proposal for buy back was approved by the Board of Directors of the company;
        ii. Necessity for the buy back;
        iii. Maximum amount required under the buy back and its percentage of the total paid up capital and free reserves;
        iv. Maximum price at which the shares or other specified securities are proposed be bought back and the basis of arriving at the buyback price;
        v. Maximum number of securities that the company proposes to buy back;
        vi. Method to be adopted for buyback as referred in sub-regulation(1) of regulation4;
        vii. (a) the aggregate shareholding of the promoter and of the directors of the promoters, where the promoter is a company and of persons who are in control of the company as on the date of the notice convening the General Meeting or the Meeting of the Board of Directors;
        (b) aggregate number of shares or other specified securities purchased or sold by persons including persons mentioned in (a) above from a period of six months preceding the date of the Board Meeting at which the buyback was approved till the date of notice convening the general meeting;
        (c) the maximum and minimum price at which purchases and sales referred to in (b) above were made along with the relevant dates;
        viii. Intention of the promoters and persons in control of the company to tender shares or other specified securities for buy-back indicating the number of shares or other specified securities ,details of acquisition with dates and price;
        ix. A confirmation that there are no defaults subsisting in repayment of deposits, redemption of debentures or preference shares or repayment of term loans to any financial institutions or banks;
        x. A confirmation that the Board of Directors has made a full enquiry into the affairs and prospects of the company and that they have formed the opinion-

        (a) that immediately following the date on which the General Meeting or the meeting of the Board of Directors is convened there will be no grounds on which the company could be found unable to pay its debts;
        (b) as regards its prospects for the year immediately following that date that, having regard to their intentions with respect to the management of the company’s business during that year and to the amount and character of the financial resources which will in their view be available to the company during that year, the company will be able to meet its liabilities as and when they fall due and will
        not be rendered insolvent within a period of one year from that date; and 

        (c) in forming their opinion for the above purposes, the directors shall take into account the liabilities as if the company were being wound up under the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 (including prospective and contingent liabilities);

        xi. A report addressed to the Board of Directors by the company’s auditors stating that-
        (i) they have inquired into the company’s state of affairs;
        (ii) the amount of the permissible capital payment for the securities in question is in their view properly determined; and
        (iii) the Board of Directors have formed the opinion as specified in clause

        (x) on reasonable grounds and that the company will not, having regard to its state of affairs, will not be rendered insolvent within a period of one year from that date.

        Part B: Disclosures under Regulation 15(d)
        In addition to the disclosures in Part A, the following disclosures shall be made:
        i. Date of shareholders approval for buy back, if applicable;
        ii. Minimum and maximum number of securities that the company proposes to buy back, sources of funds from which the buyback would be made and the cost of financing the buy back;
        iii. Proposed time table from opening of offer till the extinguishment of the certificates;
        iv. Process and methodology to be adopted for the buyback;
        v. Brief information about the company;
        vi. Audited Financial information for the last 3 years and the lead manager shall ensure that the particulars (audited statement and un-audited statement) contained therein shall not be more than more than 6 months old from the date of the public announcement together with financial ratios as may be specified by the Board;
        vii. Details of escrow account opened and the amount deposited therein;
        viii. Listing details and stock market data:
        (a) high, Low and average market prices of the securities of the company proposed to be bought back, during the preceding three years;

        (b) monthly high and low prices for the six months preceding the date of the public announcement;
        (c) the number of securities traded on the days when the high and low prices were recorded on the relevant stock exchanges during the period stated at
        (a) and (b) above;
        (d) the stock market data referred to above shall be shown separately for periods marked by a change in capital structure, with such period commencing from the date the concerned stock exchange recognises the change in the capital structure.(e.g. when the securities have become exrights or ex-bonus) ;
        (e) the market price immediately after the date of the resolution of the Board of directors approving the buy back; and
        (f) the volume of securities traded in each month during the six months preceding the date of the public announcement along with high, low and average prices of securities of the company, details relating to volume of business transacted should also be stated for respective periods.
        ix. Present capital structure (including the number of fully paid and partly paid securities) and shareholding pattern;
        x. The capital structure including details of outstanding convertible instruments, if any post buyback;
        xi. Aggregate shareholding of the promoter group and of the directors of the promoters, where the promoter is a company and of persons who are in control of the company;
        xii. Aggregate number of shares or other specified securities purchased or sold by persons mentioned in clause xi above during a period of twelve months preceding the date of the public announcement; the maximum and minimum price at which purchases and sales referred to above were made along with the relevant dates;
        xiii. Management discussion and analysis on the likely impact of buy back on the company’s earnings, public holdings, holdings of NRIs/FIIs etc., promoters holdings and any change in management structure;
        xiv. Details of statutory approvals obtained;
        xv. Collection and bidding centers;
        xvi. Name of compliance officer and details of investors service centers;
        xvii. Such other disclosures as may be specified by the Board from time to time by way of guidelines.

    • SCHEDULE III Disclosures to be made in the letter of offer

        [Under regulation 8(4)]
        The letter of offer shall, inter alia, contain the following :
        1. Disclaimer Clause as may be prescribed by the Board.
        2. Details of the offer including the total number and percentage of the total paid-up capital and free reserves proposed to be bought back and price.
        3. The proposed time table from opening of the offer till the extinguishment of the certificates.
        4. The specified date.
        5. Authority for the offer of buy-back.
        6. A full and complete disclosure of all material facts including the contents of the explanatory statement annexed to the notice for the general meeting at which the special resolution approving the buy back was passed or the contents of public notice issued after the passing of the resolution by the Board of Directors authorising the buy back.
        7. The necessity for the buy-back.
        8. The process to be adopted for the buy-back.
        9. The maximum amount to be invested under the buy-back.
        10. The minimum and the maximum number of securities that the company proposes to buy-back, sources of funds from which the buy-back would be made and the cost of financing the buy-back.
        11. Brief information about the company.
        12. Audited financial information for the last 3 years and the lead manager shall ensure that the particulars (audited statement and unaudited statement) contained therein shall not be more than 6 months old from the date of the offer document together with financial ratios as may be specified by the Board.
        13. Details of escrow account opened and the amount deposited therein.
        14. Listing details and stock market data :
        (a) High, low and average market prices of the securities of the company proposed to be bought back, during the preceding three years ;
        (b) monthly high and low prices for the six months preceding the date of filing the draft letter of offer with the Board which shall be updated till the date of the letter of offer;
        (c) the number of securities traded on the days when the high and low prices were recorded on the relevant stock exchanges during the period stated at (a) and (b) above;
        (d) the stock market data referred to above shall be shown separately for periods marked by a change in capital structure, with such period commencing from the date the concerned stock exchange recognises the change in the capital structure (e.g., when the securities have become ex-rights or exbonus);
        (e) the market price immediately after the date on which the resolution of the Board of Directors approving the buy-back; and
        (f) the volume of securities traded in each month during the six months preceding the date of the offer document along with high, low and average prices of securities of the company, details relating to volume of business transacted should also be stated for respective periods.
        15. Present capital structure (including the number of fully paid and partly paid securities) and shareholding pattern.
        16. The capital structure including details of outstanding convertible instruments, if any, post buy-back.
        17. The aggregate shareholding of the promoter group and of the directors of the promoters, where the promoter is a company and of persons who are in control of the company.
        18. The aggregate number of shares or other specified securities purchased or sold by persons mentioned in clause 17 above during a period of twelve months preceding the date of the public announcement and from the date of public announcement to the date of the letter of offer; the maximum and minimum price at which purchases and sales referred to above were made along with the relevant dates.

        The letter of offer shall be dated and signed on behalf of the Board of Directors of the company by its manager or secretary, if any, and by not less than two directors of the company one of whom shall be a managing director where there is one.
        The letter of offer shall, inter-alia, contain the following;
        i. Disclosures in Schedule II;
        ii. Disclaimer Clause as may be specified by the Board;
        iii. Record date and ratio of buyback as per the entitlement in each category.”

        19. Management discussion and analysis on the likely impact of buy-back on the company’s earnings, public holdings, holdings of NRIs/FIIs, etc., promoters holdings and any change in management structure.
        20. The details of statutory approvals obtained.
        21. Collection and bidding centres.
        22. Name of compliance officer and details of investors service centres.
        23. (1) A declaration to be signed by at least two directors of the company one of whom shall be a managing director where there is one that there are no defaults subsisting in repayment of deposits, redemption of debentures or preference shares or repayment of a term loans to any financial institutions or banks.

        (2) A declaration to be signed by at least two directors of the company one of whom shall be a managing director where there is one stating that the Board of Directors has made a full enquiry into the affairs and prospects of the company and that they have formed the opinion—

        (a) as regards its prospects for the year immediately following the date of the letter of offer that, having regard to their intentions with respect to the management of the company’s business during that year and to the amount and character of the financial resources which will in their view be available to the company during that year, the company will be able to meet its liabilities and will not be rendered insolvent within a period of one year from that date;

        (b) in forming their opinion for the above purposes, the directors shall take into account the liabilities as if the company were being wound up under the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 (including prospective and contingent liabilities).

        24. The declaration must in addition have annexed to it a report addressed to the directors by the company’s auditors stating that—
        (i) they have inquired into the company’s state of affairs; and
        (ii) the amount of permissible capital payment for the securities in question is in their view properly determined; and they are not aware of anything to indicate that the opinion expressed by the directors in the declaration as to any of the matters mentioned in the declaration is
        unreasonable in all the circumstances.
        25. Such other disclosures as may be specified by the Board from time to time by way of guidelines.

        98[26. The letter of offer shall be dated and signed on behalf of the Board of Directors of the company by its manager or secretary, if any, and by not less than two directors of the company one of whom shall be a managing director where there is one.]
         

    • SCHEDULE-IV SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE BOARD OF INDIA (BUY BACK OF SECURITIES) REGULATIONS, 1996 [regulations 8(5), 15(e), 17(e)]

        99[(1) Every merchant banker shall while submitting the offer document or a copy of the public announcement to the Board, pay fees as set out below:-

        Offer size Fee (Rs.)
        Less than or equal to ten crore rupees One lakh rupees (Rs. 1,00,000/-).
        More than ten crore rupees, but less than
        or equal to one thousand crore rupees.
        0.125% of the offer size.
        More than one thousand crore rupees,
        but less than or equal to five thousand
        crore rupees.
        One Crore twenty five lakh rupees
        (Rs. 1,25,00,000/- )plus 0.03125 per
        cent of the portion of the offer size in

        99 Substituted by the SEBI (Payment of Fees) (Amendment) Regulations, 2008, w.e.f. 1-4-2008 for the following, as amended by the SEBI (Buy-back of Securities) (Amendment) Regulations, 2007 w.e.f. 28-5.2007:
        “(1). Every merchant banker shall while submitting the offer document or a copy of the public announcement to the Board, pay fees as set out below:-

        Offer size Fee (Rs.)
        Less than or equal to one crore rupees.  One lakh rupees (Rs. 1,00,000)
        More than one crore rupees, but less than or equal to five crore rupees. Two lakh rupees (Rs. 2,00,000)
        More than five crore rupees, but less than or equal to
        ten crore rupees.
        Three lakh rupees (Rs. 3,00,000)
        More than ten crore rupees, but less than or equal to
        one thousand crore rupees.
        0.5% of the offer size.
        More than one thousand crore rupees, but less than or
        equal to five thousand crore rupees.
        Five crore rupees (Rs. 5,00,00,000) plus 0.125% of
        the portion of the offer size in excess of one
        thousand crore rupees. (Rs. 1000,00,00,000).
        More than five thousand crore rupees. Ten crore rupees (Rs.10,00,00,000).”

        Prior to the above substitution, paragraph (1), as amended by the SEBI (Buy-back of Securities) (Amendment)
        Regulations, 2006, w.e.f. 21-8-2006, read as under:
        “(1). Every merchant banker shall while submitting the offer document or a copy of the public announcement to
        the Board, pay fees as set out below:-

        Offer size Fee (Rs.)
        Less than or equal to one crore rupees 1,00,000
        More than one crore rupees, but less than or equal to five crore rupees 2,00,000
        More than five crore rupees, but less than or equal to ten crore rupees 3,00,000
        More than ten crore rupees 0.5% of the offer size.”
          excess of one thousand crore rupees (Rs. 1000,00,00,000/-)
        More than five thousand crore rupees. A flat charge of three crore rupees (Rs. 3,00,00,000/-).

        (2) Fees referred to in clause (1) above, shall be paid in the following manner :
        (a) the fees shall be paid along with the draft of the offer document or public announcement submitted to the Board;
        (b) the fees shall be payable by a draft in favour of Securities and Exchange Board of India at Mumbai.

  • SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009
    • CHAPTER I PRELIMINARY

        1.Short title and commencement.

        (1) These regulations may be called the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009.

        (2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

        2. Definitions:- 
        (1) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires:

        (a) “Act” means the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 (15 of 1992);

        (b) “advertisement” includes notices, brochures, pamphlets, show cards, catalogues,hoardings, placards, posters, insertions in newspaper, cover pages of offer documents,pictures and films in any print media or electronic media, radio, television programme;

        (c) “anchor investor" means a qualified institutional buyer [who makes an application for a value of ten crore rupees or more in a public issue made through the book building process in accordance with these regulations; 

        (d) “Application Supported by Blocked Amount (ASBA)” means an application for subscribing to a public issue or rights issue, along with an authorisation to Self Certified Syndicate Bank to block the application money in a bank account;

        (e) “Board” means the Securities and Exchange Board of India established under section 3 of the Act;

        (f) “book building” means a process undertaken to elicit demand and to assess the price for determination of the quantum or value of specified securities or Indian Depository Receipts, as the case may be, in accordance with these regulations;

        (g) “book runner” means a merchant banker appointed by the issuer to undertake the book building process;

        (h) “composite issue” means an issue of specified securities by a listed issuer on publiccum- rights basis, wherein the allotment in both public issue and rights issue is proposed to be made simultaneously;

        (i) “control” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it under clause (c) of subregulation (1) of regulation 2 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial Acquisitions of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 1997;

        (j) “convertible debt instrument” means an instrument which creates or acknowledges indebtedness and is convertible into equity shares of the issuer at a later date at or without the option of the holder of the instrument, whether constituting a charge on the assets of the issuer or not;

        (k) “convertible security” means a security which is convertible into or exchangeable with equity shares of the issuer at a later date, with or without the option of the holder of the security and includes convertible debt instrument and convertible preference shares;

        (l) “designated stock exchange” means a recognised stock exchange in which securities of an issuer are listed or proposed to be listed and which is chosen by the issuer as a designated stock exchange for the purpose of a particular issue of specified securities under these regulations:

        Provided that where one or more of such stock exchanges have nationwide trading terminals, the issuer shall choose one of them as the designated stock exchange:

        Provided further that subject to the provisions of this clause, the issuer may choose a different recognised stock exchange as a designated stock exchange for any subsequent issue of specified securities under these regulations;

        (m) “employee” means a permanent and full-time employee, working in India or abroad, of the issuer or of the holding company or subsidiary company or of that
        material associate(s) of the issuer whose financial statements are consolidated with the issuer’s financial statements as per Accounting Standard 21, or a director of the issuer, whether whole time or part time and does not include promoters and an immediate 
        relative of the promoter (i.e., any spouse of that person, or any parent, brother, sister or child of that person or of the spouse);

        (n) “further public offer” means an offer of specified securities by a listed issuer to the public for subscription and includes an offer for sale of specified securities to the public by any existing holders of such securities in a listed issuer;

         (na) “General Corporate Purposes” include such identified purposes for which no specific amount is allocated or any amount so specified towards General Corporate Purpose or any such purpose by whatever name called, in the draft offer document filed with the
        Board: 

        Provided that any issue related expenses shall not be considered as a part of General Corporate Purpose merely because no specific amount has been allocated for such expenses in the draft offer document filed with the Board.

        (o) “green shoe option” means an option of allotting equity shares in excess of the equity shares offered in the public issue as a post-listing price stabilizing mechanism;

        (p) “initial public offer” means an offer of specified securities by an unlisted issuer to the public for subscription and includes an offer for sale of specified securities to the public by any existing holders of such securities in an unlisted issuer;

        (q) “issue size” includes offer through offer document and promoters’ contribution; 

        (r) “issuer” means any person making an offer of specified securities; 

        (s) “key management personnel” means the officers vested with executive powers and the officers at the level immediately below the board of directors of the issuer and includes any other person whom the issuer may declare as a key management personnel;

        (t) “listed issuer” means an issuer whose equity shares are listed in a recognised stock exchange;

        (u) “net offer to public” means an offer of specified securities to the public but does not include reservations;

        (v) “net worth” means the aggregate of the paid up share capital, share premium account, and reserves and surplus (excluding revaluation reserve) as reduced by the aggregate of miscellaneous expenditure (to the extent not adjusted or written off) and the debit balance of the profit and loss account;

        (w) “non institutional investor” means an investor other than a retail individual investor and qualified institutional buyer;

        (x) “offer document” means a red herring prospectus, prospectus or shelf prospectus and information memorandum in terms of section 60A of the Companies Act, 1956 in case of a public issue and letter of offer in case of a rights issue;

        (y) "offer through offer document” means net offer to public and reservations;

        (z) “preferential issue” means an issue of specified securities by a listed issuer to any select person or group of persons on a private placement basis and does not include an offer of specified securities made through a public issue, rights issue, bonus issue, employee stock option scheme, employee stock purchase scheme or qualified institutions placement or an issue of sweat equity shares or depository receipts issued in a country outside India or foreign securities;

        (za) “promoter” includes: 

        (i) the person or persons who are in control of the issuer;

        (ii) the person or persons who are instrumental in the formulation of a plan or programme pursuant to which specified securities are offered to public;

        (iii)the person or persons named in the offer document as promoters:

        Provided that a director or officer of the issuer or a person, if acting as such merely in his professional capacity, shall not be deemed as a promoter:

        Provided further that a financial institution, scheduled bank, foreign portfolio investor other than Category III foreign portfolio investor and mutual fund shall not be deemed to be a promoter merely by virtue of the fact that ten per cent. or more of the equity share capital of the issuer is held by such person;

        Provided further that such financial institution, scheduled bank and foreign portfolio investor other than Category III foreign portfolio investor shall be treated as promoter for the subsidiaries or companies promoted by them or for the mutual fund sponsored by them;

        (zb) “promoter group” includes:

        (i) the promoter;

        (ii) an immediate relative of the promoter (i.e., any spouse of that person, or any parent, brother, sister or child of the person or of the spouse); and

        (iii) in case promoter is a body corporate:

        (A) a subsidiary or holding company of such body corporate;

        (B) any body corporate in which the promoter holds ten per cent. or more of the equity share capital or which holds ten per cent. or more of the equity share
        capital of the promoter;

        (C) any body corporate in which a group of individuals or companies or combinations thereof which hold twenty per cent. or more of the equity share capital in that body corporate also holds twenty per cent. or more of the equity share capital of the issuer; and

        (iv) in case the promoter is an individual: 

        (A) any body corporate in which ten per cent. or more of the equity share capital is held by the promoter or an immediate relative of the promoter or a firm or Hindu Undivided Family in which the promoter or any one or more of his immediate relative is a member;

        (B) any body corporate in which a body corporate as provided in (A) above holds ten per cent. or more, of the equity share capital;

        (C) any Hindu Undivided Family or firm in which the aggregate shareholding of the promoter and his immediate relatives is equal to or more than ten per cent. of the total; and

        (v) all persons whose shareholding is aggregated for the purpose of disclosing in the prospectus under the heading "shareholding of the promoter group":

        Provided that a financial institution, scheduled bank, foreign portfolio investor other than Category III foreign portfolio investor and mutual fund shall not be deemed to be promoter group merely by virtue of the fact that ten per cent. or more of the equity share capital of the issuer is held by such person:

        Provided further that such financial institution, scheduled bank and foreign portfolio investor other than Category III foreign portfolio investor shall be treated as promoter group for the subsidiaries or companies promoted by them or for the mutual fund sponsored by them;

        (zc) “public issue” means an initial public offer or further public offer;

        (zd) “qualified institutional buyer” means:

        (i) a mutual fund, venture capital fund, Alternative Investment Fund and foreign venture capital investor registered with the Board;

        (ii) a foreign portfolio investor other than Category III foreign portfolio investor, registered with the Board;

        (iii) a public financial institution as defined in section 4A of the Companies Act, 1956;

        (iv) a scheduled commercial bank;

        (v) a multilateral and bilateral development financial institution;

        (vi) a state industrial development corporation;

        (vii) an insurance company registered with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority;

        (viii) a provident fund with minimum corpus of twenty five crore rupees;

        (ix) a pension fund with minimum corpus of twenty five crore rupees;

        (x) National Investment Fund set up by resolution no. F. No. 2/3/2005-DDII dated November 23, 2005 of the Government of India published in the Gazette of India;

        (xi) insurance funds set up and managed by army, navy or air force of the Union of India;

        (xii) insurance funds set up and managed by the Department of Posts, India;

        (ze) “retail individual investor” means an investor who applies or bids for specified securities for a value of not more than 13[two lakhs] rupees;

        (zf) “retail individual shareholder” means a shareholder of a listed issuer, who:

        (i) applies or bids for specified securities for a value of not more than two lakhs rupees

        (zg) “rights issue” means an offer of specified securities by a listed issuer to the shareholders of the issuer as on the record date fixed for the said purpose;

        (zh) “Schedule” means schedule annexed to these regulations;

        (zi) “Self Certified Syndicate Bank” means a banker to an issue registered with the Board, which offers the facility of Application Supported by Blocked Amount;

        (zj) “specified securities" means equity shares and convertible securities;

        (zk) “stabilising agent” means a merchant banker who is responsible for stabilising the price of equity shares under a green shoe option, in terms of these regulations;

        (zl) “syndicate member” means an intermediary registered with the Board and who is permitted to carry on the activity as an underwriter;

        (zm) “unlisted issuer” means an issuer which is not a listed issuer,

        (zn) "wilful defaulter" means anissuer who is categorized asa wilful defaulter by any bank or financial institution or consortium thereof, in accordance with the guidelines on wilful defaulters issued by the Reserve Bank of India and includes an issuer whose director or promoter is categorized as such.

        (2) All other words and expressions used but not defined in these regulations, but defined in the Act or the Companies Act, 1956, the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956, the Depositories Act, 1996 and/or the rules and regulations made thereunder shall have the same meaning as respectively assigned to them in such Acts or rules or regulations or any statutory modification or re-enactment thereto, as the case may be.

        3.Applicability of the regulations.:- Unless otherwise provided, these regulations shall apply to the following:

        (a) a public issue;

        (b) a rights issue, where the aggregate value of specified securities offered is fifty lakh rupees or more;

        (c) a preferential issue;

        (d) an issue of bonus shares by a listed issuer;

        (e) a qualified institutions placement by a listed issuer;

        (f) an issue of Indian Depository Receipts;

        Provided that the provisions of these regulations shall not apply to issue of securities under clause (b), (d) and (e) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 9 of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011.

    • CHAPTER II COMMON CONDITIONS FOR PUBLIC ISSUES AND RIGHTS ISSUES

        4. General conditions.

        (1) Any issuer offering specified securities through a public issue or rights issue shall satisfy the conditions of this Chapter at the time of filing draft offer document with the Board (unless stated otherwise in this Chapter) and at the time of registering or filing the final offer document with the Registrar of Companies or designated stock exchange, as the case may be. 

        (2) No issuer shall make a public issue or rights issue of specified securities:

        (a) if the issuer, any of its promoters, promoter group or directors or persons in control of the issuer are debarred from accessing the capital market by the Board;

        (b) if any of the promoters, directors or persons in control of the issuer was or also is a promoter, director or person in control of any other company which is debarred from accessing the capital market under any order or directions made by the Board;

        (c) unless it has made an application to one or more recognised stock exchanges for listing of specified securities on such stock exchanges and has chosen one of them as the designated stock exchange:

        Provided that in case of an initial public offer, the issuer shall make an application for listing of the specified securities in at least one recognised stock exchange having nationwide trading terminals;

        (d) unless it has entered into an agreement with a depository for dematerialisation of specified securities already issued or proposed to be issued;

        (e) unless all existing partly paid-up equity shares of the issuer have either been fully paid up or forfeited;

        (f) unless firm arrangements of finance through verifiable means towards seventy five per cent. of the stated means of finance, excluding the amount to be raised through the proposed public issue or rights issue or through existing identifiable internal accruals, have been made.

        (3) Warrants may be issued along with public issue or rights issue of specified securities subject to the following:

        (a) the tenure of such warrants shall not exceed eighteen months from their date of allotment in the public/rights issue;

        (b) not more than one warrant shall be attached to one specified security,

        (c) the price or conversion formula of the warrants shall be determined upfront and at least 25% of the consideration amount shall also be received upfront;

        (d) in case the warrant holder does not exercise the option to take equity shares against any of the warrants held by him, the consideration paid in respect of such warrant shall bem forfeited by the issuer.

        (4) The amount for general corporate purposes, as mentioned in objects of the issue in the draftm offer document filed with the Board, shall not exceed twenty five per cent of the amount raised by the issuer by issuance of specified securities

        "(5) No issuer shall make,

        (a) a public issue of equity securities, if the issuer or any of its promoters or directors is a wilful defaulter; or

        (b) a public issue of convertible debt instruments if,

        (i) the issuer or any of its promoters or directors is a wilful defaulter,or

        (ii) it is in default of payment of interest or repayment of principal amount in respect of debt instruments issued by it to the public, if any, for a period of more than six months.

        (6) An issuer making a rights issue of specified securities, shall make disclosures as specified in Part G of Schedule VIII, in the offer document and abridged letter of offer, if the issuer or any of its promoters or directors is a wilful defaulter.

        (7) In case of a rights issue of specified securities referred to in sub-regulation (6) above, the promoters or promoter group of the issuer, shall not renounce their rights except to the extent of renunciation within the promoter group

        5.Appointment of merchant banker and other intermediaries.

        (1) The issuer shall appoint one or more merchant bankers, at least one of whom shall be a lead merchant banker and shall also appoint other intermediaries, in consultation with the lead merchant banker, to carry out the obligations relating to the issue.

        (2) The issuer shall, in consultation with the lead merchant banker, appoint only those intermediaries which are registered with the Board

        (3) Where the issue is managed by more than one merchant banker, the rights, obligations and responsibilities, relating inter alia to disclosures, allotment, refund and underwriting obligations, if any, of each merchant banker shall be predetermined and disclosed in the offer document as specified in Schedule;

        Provided that where any of the merchant bankers is an associate of the issuer, it shall declare itself as a marketing lead manager and its role shall be limited to marketing of the issue.

        (4) The lead merchant banker shall, only after independently assessing the capability of other intermediaries to carry out their obligations, advise the issuer on their appointment.

        (5) The issuer shall enter into an agreement with the lead merchant banker in the format specified in Schedule II and with other intermediaries as required under the respective regulations applicable to the intermediary concerned:

         

        Provided that such agreements may include such other clauses as the issuer and the intermediary may deem fit without diminishing or limiting in any way the liabilities and obligations of the merchant bankers, other intermediaries and the issuer under the Act, the Companies Act, 1956, the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956, the Depositories Act, 1996 and the rules and regulations made thereunder or any statutory modification or statutory enactment thereof:

        Provided further that in case of ASBA process, the issuer shall take cognisance of the deemed agreement of the issuer with Self Certified Syndicate Banks.

        (6) An issuer shall, in case of an issue made through the book building process, appoint syndicate members and in the case of any other issue, appoint bankers to issue, at all mandatory collection centres as specified in Schedule III and such other collection centres as it may deem fit.

        (7) The issuer shall appoint a registrar which has connectivity with all the depositories: 

        Provided that if issuer itself is a registrar to an issue registered with the Board, then another registrar to an issue shall be appointed as registrar to the issue:

        Provided further that the lead merchant banker shall not act as a registrar to the issue in which it is also handling the post issue responsibilities.

        Explanation: For the purpose of this regulation, in case of a book built issue, the lead merchant banker appointed by the issuer shall act as the lead book runner.

        6.Filing of offer document.

        (1) No issuer shall make,

        (a) a public issue; or

        (b) a rights issue, where the aggregate value of the specified securities offered is fifty lakh rupees or more, unless a draft offer document, along with fees as specified in Schedule IV, has been filed with the Board through the lead merchant banker, at least thirty days prior to registering the prospectus, red herring prospectus or shelf prospectus with the Registrar of Companies or filing the letter of offer with the designated stock exchange, as the case may be.

        (2) The Board may specify changes or issue observations, if any, on the draft offer document within thirty days from the later of the following dates:

        (a) the date of receipt of the draft offer document under sub-regulation (1); or 

        (b) the date of receipt of satisfactory reply from the lead merchant bankers, where the Board has sought any clarification or additional information from them; or

        (c) the date of receipt of clarification or information from any regulator or agency, where the Board has sought any clarification or information from such regulator or agency; or 

        (d) the date of receipt of a copy of in-principle approval letter issued by the recognised stock exchanges.

        (3) If the Board specifies changes or issues observations on the draft offer document, the issuer and lead merchant banker shall carry out such changes in the draft offer document and comply with the observations issued by the Board before registering the prospectus, red-herring prospectus or shelf prospectus, as the case may be, with the Registrar of Companies or filing the letter of offer with the designated stock exchange.

        (4) The issuer shall, simultaneously while registering the prospectus, red herring prospectus or shelf prospectus with the Registrar of Companies or filing the letter of offer with the designated stock exchange or before the opening of the issue, file a copy thereof with the Board through the lead merchant banker.

        (5) The lead merchant banker shall, while filing the offer document with the Board in terms of subregulation (1) and sub-regulation (4), file a copy of such document with the recognised stock exchanges where the specified securities are proposed to be listed.

        (6) The offer document filed with the Board under this regulation shall also be furnished to the Board in a soft copy in the manner specified in Schedule V.

        7. Security Deposit.

        (1) The issuer shall deposit, before the opening of subscription list, and keep deposited with the stock exchange(s), an amount calculated at the rate of one per cent. of the amount of securities offered for subscription to the public.

        (2)The amount specified in sub-regulation (1) shall be deposited in the manner specified by Board and/or stock exchange(s).

        (3)The amount specified in sub-regulation (1) shall be refundable or forfeitable in the manner specified by the Board.

        8. Documents to be submitted before opening of the issue.

        (1) The lead merchant bankers shall submit the following to the Board along with the draft offer document:

        (a) a certificate, confirming that an agreement has been entered into between the issuer and the lead merchant bankers as per the format specified in Schedule II;

        (b)  a due diligence certificate as per Form A of Schedule VI;

        (c) in case of an issue of convertible debt instruments, a due diligence certificate from the debenture trustee as per Form B of Schedule VI;

        (d) a certificate confirming compliance of the conditions specified in Part C of Schedule VIII

        (2) The lead merchant bankers shall submit the following documents to the Board after issuance of observations by the Board or after expiry of the period stipulated in sub-regulation (2) of regulation 6 if the Board has not issued observations:

        (a) a statement certifying that all changes, suggestions and observations made by the Board have been incorporated in the offer document;

        (b) a due diligence certificate as per Form C of Schedule VI, at the time of registering the prospectus with the Registrar of Companies;

        (c) a copy of the resolution passed by the board of directors of the issuer for allotting specified securities to promoters towards amount received against promoters’ contribution, before opening of the issue;

        (d) a certificate from a Chartered Accountant, before opening of the issue, certifying that promoters’ contribution has been received in accordance with these regulations, accompanying therewith the names and addresses of the promoters who have contributed to the promoters’ contribution and the amount paid by each of them towards such contribution;

        (e) a due diligence certificate as per Form D of Schedule VI, immediately before the opening of the issue, certifying that necessary corrective action, if any, has been taken;

        (f) a due diligence certificate as per Form E of Schedule VI, after the issue has opened but before it closes for subscription.

        (3) The issuer shall, at the time of filing draft offer document with the recognised stock exchange where the specified securities are proposed to be listed, submit the Permanent Account Number, bank account number and passport number of its promoters to such stock exchange.

        9.Draft offer document to be made public.

        (1) The draft offer document filed with the Board shall be made public, for comments, if any, for a period of at least twenty one days from the date of such filing, by hosting it on the websites of the Board, recognised stock exchanges where specified securities are proposed to be listed and merchant bankers associated with the issue.

        (2) The lead merchant bankers shall, after expiry of the period stipulated in sub-regulation (1), file with the Board a statement giving information of the comments received by them or the issuer on the draft offer document during that period and the consequential changes, if any, to be made in the draft offer document.

        (3) The issuer either on the date of filing the draft offer document with the Board or on the next day shall make a public announcement in one English national daily newspaper with wide circulation, one Hindi national daily newspaper with wide circulation and one regional language newspaper with wide circulation at the place where the registered office of the issuer is situated, disclosing to the public the fact of filing of draft offer document with the Board and inviting the public to give their comments to the Board in respect of disclosures made in the draft offer document.

        10.Fast Track Issue.

        (1) Nothing contained in sub-regulations (1), (2) and (3) of regulation 6 and regulations 7 and 8 shall apply to a public issue or rights issue if the issuer satisfies the following conditions:

        (a) the equity shares of the issuer have been listed on any recognised stock exchange having nationwide trading terminals for a period of at least three years immediately preceding the reference date;

        (b) the average market capitalisation of public shareholding of the issuer is at least one thousand crore rupees in case of public issue and two hundred and fifty crore rupees in case of rights issue;

        (c) the annualised trading turnover of the equity shares of the issuer during six calendar months immediately preceding the month of the reference date has been at least two per cent. of the weighted average number of equity shares listed during such six months’ period:

        Provided that for issuers, whose public shareholding is less than fifteen per cent. of its issued equity capital, the annualised trading turnover of its equity shares has been at least two per cent. of the weighted average number of equity shares available as free float during such six months’ period;

        (d) the issuer has redressed at least ninety five per cent. of the complaints received from the investors till the end of the quarter immediately preceding the month of the reference date;

        (e) the issuer has been in compliance with the equity listing agreement for a period of at least three years immediately preceding the reference date:

        Provided that if the issuer has not complied with the provision of the equity listing agreement relating to composition of board of directors, for any quarter during the last three years immediately preceding the reference date, but is compliant with such provisions at the time of filing of offer document with the Registrar of Companies or designated stock exchange, as the case may be, and adequate disclosures are made in the offer document about such non-compliances during the three years immediately preceding the reference date, it shall be deemed as compliance with the condition:

        Provided further that imposition of only monetary fines by stock exchanges on the issuer shall not be a ground for ineligibility for undertaking issuances under this regulation;

        (f) the impact of auditors’ qualifications, if any, on the audited accounts of the issuer in respect of those financial years for which such accounts are disclosed in the offer document does not exceed five per cent. of the net profit or loss after tax of the issuer for the respective years;

        (g) no show-cause notices have been issued or prosecution proceedings initiated by the Board or pending against the issuer or its promoters or whole time directors as on the reference date;

        (ga) the issuer or promoter or promoter group or director of the issuer has not settled any alleged violation of securities laws through the consent or settlement mechanism with the Board during three years immediately preceding the reference date;

        (h) the entire shareholding of the promoter group of the issuer is held in dematerialised form on the reference date;

        (i) in case of a rights issue, promoters and promoter group shall mandatorily subscribe to their rights entitlement and shall not renounce their rights, except to the extent of renunciation within the promoter group or for the purpose of complying with minimum public shareholding norms prescribed under Rule 19A of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957;

        (j) the equity shares of the issuer have not been suspended from trading as a disciplinary measure during last three years immediately preceding the reference date;

        (k) the annualized delivery-based trading turnover of the equity shares during six calendar months immediately preceding the month of the reference date has been at least ten per cent of the weighted average number of equity shares listed during such six months’ period;

        (l) there shall be no conflict of interest between the lead merchant banker(s) and the issuer or its group or associate company in accordance with applicable regulations.

        (2) The issuer shall file the offer document with the Board and the recognised stock exchanges in accordance with sub-regulations (4), (5) and (6) of regulation 6 and shall pay fees to the Board as specified in Schedule IV.

        (3) The lead merchant bankers shall submit to the Board, the following documents along with the offer document:

        (a) a due diligence certificate as per Form A of Schedule VI including additional confirmations as specified in Form F of Schedule VI;

        (b) in case of a fast track issue of convertible debt instruments, a due diligence certificate from the debenture trustee as per Form B of Schedule VI.
        Explanation: For the purposes of this regulation:

        (I) “reference date” means:

        (a) in case of a public issue by a listed issuer, the date of registering the red herring prospectus (in case of a book built issue) or prospectus (in case of a fixed price issue) with the Registrar of Companies; and

        (b) in case of a rights issue by a listed issuer, the date of filing the letter of offer with the designated stock exchange.

        (II) “average market capitalisation of public shareholding” means the sum of daily market capitalisation of public shareholding for a period of one year up to the end of the quarter preceding the month in which the proposed issue was approved by the shareholders or the board of the issuer, as the case may be, divided by the number of trading days.

        (III) “public shareholding” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in the equity listing agreement.

        11. ?Opening of an issue:

        (1) Subject to the compliance with sub-section (4) of section 60 of the Companies Act, 1956, a public issue or rights issue may be opened:

        (a) within twelve months from the date of issuance of the observations by the Board under regulation 6; or

        (b) within three months of expiry of the period stipulated in sub-regulation (2) of regulation 6, if the Board has not issued observations:

        Provided that in case of a fast track issue, the issue shall open within the period stipulated in sub-section (4) of section 60 of the Companies Act, 1956.

        (2) In case of shelf prospectus, the first issue may be opened within three months of issuance of observations by the Board.

        (3) The issuer shall, before registering the red herring prospectus (in case of a book built issue) or prospectus (in case of a fixed price issue) with the Registrar of Companies or filing the letter of offer with the designated stock exchange, as the case may be, file with the Board through the lead merchant bankers, an updated offer document highlighting all changes made in the offer document.

        (4) Notwithstanding anything contained in this regulation, if there are changes in the offer document in relation to the matters specified in Schedule VII, the updated offer document or new draft offer document, as the case may be, shall be filed with the Board along with fees specified in Schedule IV.

        (5) An issue shall be opened after at least three working days from the date of registering the red herring prospectus with the Registrar of Companies.

        12.Dispatch of issue material:- The lead merchant bankers shall dispatch the offer document and other issue material including forms for ASBA to the designated stock exchange, syndicate members, 40[registrar to issue and share transfer agents, depository participants, stock brokers,] underwriters, bankers to the issue, investors’ associations and Self Certified Syndicate Banks in advance.

        13. Underwriting.

         (1) Where the issuer making a public issue (other than through the book building process) or rights issue, desires to have the issue underwritten, it shall appoint the underwriters in accordance with Securities and Exchange Board of India (Underwriters) Regulations, 1993.

        (2) Where the issuer makes a public issue through the book building process, such issue shall be underwritten by book runners or syndicate members:

        Provided that atleast seventy five per cent of the net offer to the public proposed to be compulsorily allotted to qualified institutional buyers for the purpose of compliance of the eligibility conditions specified in sub-regulation (2) of regulation 26 and regulation 27, cannot be underwritten.

        (3) The issuer shall enter into underwriting agreement with the book runner, who in turn shall enter into underwriting agreement with syndicate members, indicating therein the number of specified securities which they shall subscribe to at the predetermined price in the event of undersubscription in the issue.

        (4) If syndicate members fail to fulfil their underwriting obligations, the lead book runner shall fulfil the underwriting obligations.

        (5) The book runners and syndicate members shall not subscribe to the issue in any manner except for fulfilling their underwriting obligations.

        (6) In case of every underwritten issue, the lead merchant banker or the lead book runner shall undertake minimum underwriting obligations as specified in the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Merchant Bankers) Regulations, 1992.

        (7) Where hundred per cent. of the offer through offer document is underwritten, the underwriting obligations shall be for the entire hundred per cent. of the offer through offer document and shall not be restricted upto the minimum subscription level.

        14.Minimum subscription

        (1) The minimum subscription to be received in an issue shall not be less than ninety per cent of the offer through offer document;

        Provided that in the case of an initial public offer, the minimum subscription to be received shall be subject to allotment of minimum number of specified securities, as prescribed in sub-clause (b) of clause (2) of rule 19 of Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957.

        (2) In the event of non-receipt of minimum subscription referred to in sub-regulation (1), all application moneys received shall be refunded to the applicants forthwith, but not later than:

        (a) fifteen days of the closure of the issue, in case of a non-underwritten issue; and

        (b) seventy days of the closure of the issue, in the case of an underwritten issue where minimum subscription including devolvement obligations paid by the underwriters is not received within sixty days of the closure of the issue.

        (3) The offer document shall contain adequate disclosures regarding minimum subscription as specified in Part A of Schedule VIII.

        (4) Nothing contained in this regulation, except the requirement relating to allotment of minimum number of specified securities, shall apply to offer for sale of specified securities.

        Explanation: For the purpose of clause (b) of sub-regulation (4), the term “infrastructure company” means, an enterprise wholly engaged in the business of (i) developing or (ii) operating and maintaining or (iii) developing, operating and maintaining any infrastructure facility.

        15.Oversubscription.

        No allotment shall be made by the issuer in excess of the specified securities offered through the offer document:

        Provided that in case of oversubscription, an allotment of not more than ten per cent. of the net offer to public may be made for the purpose of making allotment in minimum lots.

        16. Monitoring agency

        (1) If the issue size exceeds five hundred crore rupees, the issuer shall make arrangements for the use of proceeds of the issue to be monitored by a public financial institution or by one of the scheduled commercial banks named in the offer document as bankers of the issuer:

        Provided that nothing contained in this clause shall apply to an offer for sale or an issue of specified securities made by a bank or public financial institution or an insurance company.

        (2) The monitoring agency shall submit its report to the issuer in the format specified in Schedule IX on a half yearly basis, till the proceeds of the issue have been fully utilised.

        17.Manner of calls.

        If the issuer proposes to receive subscription monies in calls, it shall ensure that the outstanding subscription money is called within twelve months from the date of allotment in the issue and if any applicant fails to pay the call money within the said twelve months, the equity shares on which there are calls in arrear along with the subscription money already paid on such shares shall be forfeited:

        Provided that it shall not be necessary to call the outstanding subscription money within twelve months, if the issuer has appointed a monitoring agency in terms of regulation 16.

        18.Allotment, refund and payment of interest.

        (1) The issuer and merchant bankers shall ensure that specified securities are allotted and/or application moneys are refunded within fifteen days from the date of closure of the issue.

        (2) Where specified securities are not allotted and/or application moneys are not refunded within the period stipulated in sub-regulation (1), the issuer shall undertake to pay interest at such rate and within such time as disclosed in the offer document.

        19.Restriction on further capital issues.

        No issuer shall make any further issue of specified securities in any manner whether by way of public issue, rights issue, preferential issue, qualified institutions placement, issue of bonus shares or otherwise:

        (a) in case of a fast track issue, during the period between the date of registering the red herring prospectus (in case of a book built issue) or prospectus (in case of a fixed price issue) with the Registrar of Companies or filing the letter of offer with the designated stock exchange and the listing of the specified securities offered through the offer document or refund of application moneys; or

        (b) in case of other issues, during the period between the date of filing the draft offer document with the Board and the listing of the specified securities offered through the offer document or refund of application moneys; unless full disclosures regarding the total number of specified securities and amount proposed to be raised from such further issue are made in such draft offer document or offer document, as the case may be.

        20.Additional requirements for issue of convertible debt instruments.

        (1) In addition to other requirements laid down in these regulations, an issuer making a public issue or rights issue of convertible debt instruments shall comply with the following conditions:

        (a) it has obtained credit rating from one or more credit rating agencies; 

        (b) it has appointed one or more debenture trustees in accordance with the provisions of section 117B of the Companies Act, 1956 and Securities and Exchange Board of India (Debenture Trustees) Regulations, 1993;

        (c) it has created debenture redemption reserve in accordance with the provisions of section 117C of the Companies Act, 1956;

        (d) if the issuer proposes to create a charge or security on its assets in respect of secured convertible debt instruments, it shall ensure that:

        (i) such assets are sufficient to discharge the principal amount at all times;

        (ii) such assets are free from any encumbrance;

        (iii) where security is already created on such assets in favour of financial institutions or banks or the issue of convertible debt instruments is proposed to be secured by creation of security on a leasehold land, the consent of such financial institution, bank or lessor for a second or pari passu charge has been obtained and submitted to the debenture trustee before the opening of the issue;

        (iv) the security/asset cover shall be arrived at after reduction of the liabilities having a first/prior charge, in case the convertible debt instruments are secured by a
        second or subsequent charge.

        (2) The issuer shall redeem the convertible debt instruments in terms of the offer document 

        21. Roll over of non convertible portion of partly convertible debt instruments.

        (1) The non-convertible portion of partly convertible debt instruments issued by a listed issuer, the value of which exceeds fifty lakh rupees, may be rolled over without change in the interest rate, subject to compliance with the provisions of section 121 of the Companies Act, 1956 and the following conditions:

        (a) seventy five per cent. of the holders of the convertible debt instruments of the issuer have, through a resolution, approved the rollover through postal ballot;

        (b) the issuer has, along with the notice for passing the resolution, sent to all holders of the convertible debt instruments, an auditors’ certificate on the cash flow of the issuer and with comments on the liquidity position of the issuer;

        (c) the issuer has undertaken to redeem the non-convertible portion of the partly convertible debt instruments of all the holders of the convertible debt instruments who have not agreed to the resolution;

        (d) credit rating has been obtained from at least one credit rating agency registered with the Board within a period of six months prior to the due date of redemption and has been communicated to the holders of the convertible debt instruments, before the roll over; 

        (2) The creation of fresh security and execution of fresh trust deed shall not be mandatory if the existing trust deed or the security documents provide for continuance of the security till redemption of secured convertible debt instruments;

        Provided that whether the issuer is required to create fresh security and to execute fresh trust deed or not shall be decided by the debenture trustee.

        22.Conversion of optionally convertible debt instruments into equity share capital. 

        (1) An issuer shall not convert its optionally convertible debt instruments into equity shares unless the holders of such convertible debt instruments have sent their positive consent to the issuer and non-receipt of reply to any notice sent by the issuer for this purpose shall not be construed as consent for conversion of any convertible debt instruments.

        (2) Where the value of the convertible portion of any convertible debt instruments issued by a listed issuer exceeds fifty lakh rupees and the issuer has not determined the conversion price of such convertible debt instruments at the time of making the issue, the holders of such convertible debt instruments shall be given the option of not converting the convertible portion into equity shares:

        Provided that where the upper limit on the price of such convertible debt instruments and justification thereon is determined and disclosed to the investors at the time of making the issue, it shall not be necessary to give such option to the holders of the convertible debt instruments for converting the convertible portion into equity share capital within the said upper limit.

        (3) Where an option is to be given to the holders of the convertible debt instruments in terms of sub-regulation (2) and if one or more of such holders do not exercise the option to convert the instruments into equity share capital at a price determined in the general meeting of the shareholders, the issuer shall redeem that part of the instruments within one month from the last date by which option is to be exercised, at a price which shall not be less than its face value.

        (4) The provision of sub-regulation (3) shall not apply if such redemption is in terms of the disclosures made in the offer document. 

        23.Issue of convertible debt instruments for financing.

        No issuer shall issue convertible debt instruments for financing replenishment of funds or for providing loan to or for acquiring shares of any person who is part of the same group or who is under the same management:

        Provided that an issuer may issue fully convertible debt instruments for these purposes if the period of conversion of such debt instruments is less than eighteen months from the date of issue of such debt instruments.

        Explanation: For the purpose of this regulation:

        (I) Two persons shall be deemed to be “part of the same group” if they belong to the group within the meaning of clause (ef) of section 2 of the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act, 1969 (54 of 1969) or if they own “inter connected undertakings within the meaning of clause (g) of section 2 of the said Act; 

        (II) The expression “under the same management” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in sub-section (1B) of section 370 of the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956).

        24.Alteration of rights of holders of specified securities.

        No issuer shall alter the terms (including the terms of issue) of specified securities which may adversely affect the interests of the holders of that specified securities, except with the consent in writing of the holders of not less than three-fourths of the specified securities of that class or with the sanction of a special resolution passed at a meeting of the holders of the specified securities of that class.

    • CHAPTER III PROVISIONS AS TO PUBLIC ISSUE

        PART I - ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

        25. Reference date.

        Unless otherwise provided in this Chapter, an issuer making a public issue shall satisfy the conditions of this Chapter as on the date of filing draft offer document with the Board and also as on the date of registering the offer document with the Registrar of Companies.

        26.
        Conditions for initial public offer.

        1) An issuer may make an initial public offer, if:

        (a) it has net tangible assets of at least three crore rupees in each of the preceding three full years (of twelve months each), of which not more than fifty per cent. are held in monetary assets:

        Provided that if more than fifty per cent. of the net tangible assets are held in monetary assets, the issuer has made firm commitments to utilise such excess monetary assets in its business or project;

        Provided further that the limit of fifty per cent. on monetary assets shall not be applicable in case the public offer is made entirely through an offer for sale.

        (b) it has a minimum average pre-tax operating profit of rupees fifteen crore, calculated on a restated and consolidated basis, during the three most profitable years out of the immediately preceding five years.

        (c) it has a net worth of at least one crore rupees in each of the preceding three full years (of twelve months each);

        (d) the aggregate of the proposed issue and all previous issues made in the same financial year in terms of issue size does not exceed five times its pre-issue net worth as per the audited balance sheet of the preceding financial year;

        (e) if it has changed its name within the last one year, at least fifty per cent. of the revenue for the preceding one full year has been earned by it from the activity indicated by the new name.

        (2) An issuer not satisfying the condition stipulated in sub-regulation (1) may make an initial public offer if the issue is made through the book-building process and the issuer undertakes to allot, at least seventy five percent of the net offer to public, to qualified institutional buyers and to refund full subscription money if it fails to make the said minimum allotment to qualified institutional buyers.

        (3) An issuer may make an initial public offer of convertible debt instruments without making a prior public issue of its equity shares and listing thereof.

        (4) An issuer shall not make an allotment pursuant to a public issue if the number of prospective allottees is less than one thousand.

        (5) No issuer shall make an initial public offer if there are any outstanding convertible securities or any other right which would entitle any person with any option to receive equity shares:

        Provided that the provisions of this sub-regulation shall not apply to: 

        (a) a public issue made during the currency of convertible debt instruments which were issued through an earlier initial public offer, if the conversion price of such convertible debt instruments was determined and disclosed in the prospectus of the earlier issue of convertible debt instruments;

        (b) outstanding options granted to employees pursuant to an employee stock option scheme framed in accordance with the relevant Guidance Note or Accounting Standards, if any, issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in this regard.

        (c) fully paid-up outstanding convertible securities which are required to be converted on or before the date of filing of the red herring prospectus (in case of book-built issues) or the prospectus (in case of fixed price issues), as the case may be.

        (6) Subject to provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 and these regulations, equity shares may be offered for sale to public if such equity shares have been held by the sellers for a period of at least one year prior to the filing of draft offer document with the Board in accordance with subregulation (1) of regulation 6:

        Provided that in case equity shares received on conversion or exchange of fully paid-up compulsorily convertible securities including depository receipts are being offered for sale, the holding period of such convertible securities as well as that of resultant equity shares together shall be considered for the purpose of calculation of one year period referred in this sub-regulation:

        Provided further that the requirement of holding equity shares for a period of one year shall not apply:

        (a) in case of an offer for sale of specified securities of a government company or statutory authority or corporation or any special purpose vehicle set up and controlled by any one or more of them, which is engaged in infrastructure sector;

        (b) if the specified securities offered for sale were acquired pursuant to any scheme approved by a High Court under sections 391-394 of the Companies Act, 1956, in lieu of business and invested capital which had been in existence for a period of more than one year prior to such approval;

        (c) if the specified securities offered for sale were issued under a bonus issue on securities held for a period of at least one year prior to the filing of draft offer document with the Board and further subject to the following, -

        (i) such specified securities being issued out of free reserves and share premium existing in the books of account as at the end of the financial year preceding the financial year in which the draft offer document is filed with the Board ; and

        (ii) such specified securities not being issued by utilization of revaluation reserves or unrealized profits of the issuer.

        (7) An issuer making an initial public offer may obtain grading for such offer from one or more credit rating agencies registered with the Board.

        Explanation: For the purposes of this regulation:

        (I) “net tangible assets” mean the sum of all net assets of the issuer, excluding intangible assets as defined in Accounting Standard 26 (AS 26) issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India;

        (II) “project” means the object for which monies are proposed to be raised to cover the objects of the issue;

        (III) In case of an issuer which had been a partnership firm, the track record of distributable profits of the partnership firm shall be considered only if the financial statements of the partnership business for the period during which the issuer was a partnership firm, conform to and are revised in the format prescribed for companies under the Companies Act, 1956 and also comply with the following:

        (a) adequate disclosures are made in the financial statements as required to be made by the issuer as per Schedule VI of the Companies Act, 1956;

        (b) the financial statements are duly certified by a Chartered Accountant stating that: 

        (i) the accounts and the disclosures made are in accordance with the provisions of Schedule VI of the Companies Act, 1956;

        (ii) the accounting standards of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India have been followed;

        (iii) the financial statements present a true and fair view of the firm’s accounts;

        (IV) In case of an issuer formed out of a division of an existing company, the track record of distributable profits of the division spun-off shall be considered only if the requirements regarding financial statements as provided for partnership firms in Explanation III are complied with;

        (V) “bid-ask spread” means the difference between quotations for sale and purchase; 

        (VI) The term “infrastructure sector” includes the facilities or services as specified in Schedule X.

        27. Conditions for further public offer.

        An issuer may make a further public offer if it satisfies the conditions specified in clauses (d) and (e) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 26 and if it does not satisfy those conditions, it may make a further public offer if it satisfies the conditions specified in sub-regulation (2) of regulation 26.

        PART II - PRICING IN PUBLIC ISSUE

        28. Pricing.

        (1) An issuer may determine the price of specified securities in consultation with the lead merchant banker or through the book building process.

        (2) An issuer may determine the coupon rate and conversion price of convertible debt instruments in consultation with the lead merchant banker or through the book building process.

        (3) The issuer shall undertake the book building process in a manner specified in Schedule XI. 

        29.Differential pricing.

        An issuer may offer specified securities at different prices, subject to the following:

        (a) retail individual investors or retail individual shareholders or employees  entitled for reservation made under regulation 42 making an application for specified securities of value not more than two lakhs rupees, may be offered specified securities at a price lower than the price at which net offer is made to other categories of applicants:

        Provided that such difference shall not be more than ten per cent. of the price at which specified securities are offered to other categories of applicants;

        (b) in case of a book built issue, the price of the specified securities offered to an anchor investor shall not be lower than the price offered to other applicants;

        (c) in case of a composite issue, the price of the specified securities offered in the public issue may be different from the price offered in rights issue and justification for such price difference shall be given in the offer document.

        (d) In case the issuer opts for the alternate method of book building in terms of Part D of Schedule XI, the issuer may offer specified securities to its employees at a price lower than the floor price:

        Provided that the difference between the floor price and the price at which specified securities are offered to employees shall not be more than ten per cent. of the floor price.

        30.Price and price band.

        (1) The issuer may mention a price or price band in the draft prospectus (in case of a fixed price issue) and floor price or price band in the red herring prospectus (in case of a book built issue) and determine the price at a later date before registering the prospectus with the Registrar of Companies:

        Provided that the prospectus registered with the Registrar of Companies shall contain only one price or the specific coupon rate, as the case may be.

        (2) The issuer shall announce the floor price or price band at least five working days before the opening of the bid (in case of an initial public offer) and at least one working day before the opening of the bid (in case of a further public offer), in all the newspapers in which the pre issue advertisement was released.

        (3) The announcement referred to in sub-regulation (2) shall contain relevant financial ratios computed for both upper and lower end of the price band and also a statement drawing attention of the investors to the section titled “basis of issue price” in the prospectus.

        (3A) The announcement referred to in sub-regulation (2) and the relevant financial ratios referred to in sub-regulation (3) shall be disclosed on the websites of those stock exchanges where the securities are proposed to be listed and shall also be pre-filled in the application forms available
        on the websites of the stock exchanges.

        (4) The cap on the price band shall be less than or equal to one hundred and twenty per cent. of the floor price.

        (5) The floor price or the final price shall not be less than the face value of the specified securities.

        Explanation: For the purposes of sub-regulation (4), the “cap on the price band” includes cap on the coupon rate in case of convertible debt instruments

        31.Face value of equity shares.

        (1) Subject to the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956, the Act and these regulations, an issuer making an initial public offer may determine the face value of the equity shares in the following manner:

        (a) if the issue price per equity share is five hundred rupees or more, the issuer shall have the option to determine the face value at less than ten rupees per equity share:

        Provided that the face value shall not be less than one rupee per equity share; 

        (b) if the issue price per equity share is less than five hundred rupees, the face value of the equity shares shall be ten rupees per equity share:

        Provided that nothing contained in this sub-regulation shall apply to initial public offer made by any government company, statutory authority or corporation or any special purpose vehicle set up by any of them, which is engaged in infrastructure sector.

        (2) The disclosure about the face value of equity shares (including the statement about the issue price being “X” times of the face value) shall be made in the advertisements, offer documents and application forms in identical font size as that of issue price or price band.

        Explanation: For the purposes of this regulation, the term “infrastructure sector” includes the facilities or services as specified in Schedule X.

        PART III - PROMOTERS’ CONTRIBUTION.

        32. Minimum promoters’ contribution

        (1) The promoters of the issuer shall contribute in the public issue as follows:

        (a) in case of an initial public offer, not less than twenty per cent. of the post issue capital:

        Provided that in case the post issue shareholding of the promoters is less than twenty per cent., alternative investment funds may contribute for the purpose of meeting the shortfall in minimum contribution as specified for promoters, subject to a maximum of ten per cent of the post issue capital.

        (b) in case of a further public offer, either to the extent of twenty per cent. of the proposed issue size or to the extent of twenty per cent. of the post-issue capital;

        (c) in case of a composite issue, either to the extent of twenty per cent. of the proposed issue size or to the extent of twenty per cent. of the post-issue capital excluding the rights issue component.

        (2) In case of a public issue or composite issue of convertible securities, minimum promoters’ contribution shall be as follows:

        (a) the promoters shall contribute twenty per cent. as stipulated in clauses (a), (b) or (c) of sub-regulation (1), as the case may be, either by way of equity shares or by way of subscription to the convertible securities:

        Provided that if the price of the equity shares allotted pursuant to conversion is not predetermined and not disclosed in the offer document, the promoters shall contribute only by way of subscription to the convertible securities being issued in the public issue and shall undertake in writing to subscribe to the equity shares pursuant to conversion of such securities.

        (b) in case of any issue of convertible securities which are convertible or exchangeable on different dates and if the promoters’ contribution is by way of equity shares (conversion price being pre-determined), such contribution shall not be at a price lower than the weighted average price of the equity share capital arising out of conversion of such securities.

        (c) subject to the provisions of clause (a) and (b) above, in case of an initial public offer of convertible debt instruments without a prior public issue of equity shares, the promoters shall bring in a contribution of at least twenty per cent. of the project cost in the form of equity shares, subject to contributing at least twenty per cent. of the issue size from their own funds in the form of equity shares:

        Provided that if the project is to be implemented in stages, the promoters’ contribution shall be with respect to total equity participation till the respective stage vis-à-vis the debt raised or proposed to be raised through the public issue.

        (3) In case of a further public offer or composite issue where the promoters contribute more than the stipulated minimum promoters’ contribution, the allotment with respect to excess contribution shall be made at a price determined in terms of the provisions of regulation 76 or the issue price, whichever is higher.

        (4) The promoters shall satisfy the requirements of this regulation at least one day prior to the date of opening of the issue and the amount of promoters’ contribution shall be kept in an escrow account with a scheduled commercial bank and shall be released to the issuer along with the release of the issue proceeds:

        Provided that where the promoters’ contribution has already been brought in and utilised, the issuer shall give the cash flow statement disclosing the use of such funds in the offer document;

        Provided further that where the minimum promoters’ contribution is more than one hundred crore rupees, the promoters shall bring in at least one hundred crore rupees before the date of opening of the issue and the remaining amount may be brought on pro-rata basis before the calls are made to public.

        Explanation: For the purpose of this regulation:

        (I) Promoters’ contribution shall be computed on the basis of the post-issue expanded capital: 

        (a) assuming full proposed conversion of convertible securities into equity shares;

        (b) assuming exercise of all vested options, where any employee stock options are outstanding at the time of initial public offer in terms of proviso (b) to sub-regulation (5) of regulation 26.

        (II) For computation of “weighted average price”:

        (a) “weights” means the number of equity shares arising out of conversion of such specified securities into equity shares at various stages;

        (b) “price” means the price of equity shares on conversion arrived at after taking into account predetermined conversion price at various stages.

        33. Securities ineligible for minimum promoters’ contribution.

        (1) For the computation of minimum promoters’ contribution, the following specified securities shall not be eligible:

        (a) specified securities acquired during the preceding three years, if they are:

        (i) acquired for consideration other than cash and revaluation of assets or capitalisation of intangible assets is involved in such transaction; or 

        (ii) resulting from a bonus issue by utilisation of revaluation reserves or unrealised profits of the issuer or from bonus issue against equity shares which are ineligible for minimum promoters’ contribution;

        (b) specified securities acquired by promoters 65[ and alternative investment funds] during the preceding one year at a price lower than the price at which specified securities are being offered to public in the initial public offer:

        Provided that nothing contained in this clause shall apply:

        (i) if promoters66[/alternative investment funds, as applicable] pay to the issuer, the difference between the price at which specified securities are offered in the initial public offer and the price at which the specified securities had been acquired;

        (ii) if such specified securities are acquired in terms of the scheme under sections 391-394 of the Companies Act, 1956, as approved by a High Court, by promoters in lieu of business and invested capital that had been in existence for a period of more than one year prior to such approval;

        (iii) to an initial public offer by a government company, statutory authority or corporation or any special purpose vehicle set up by any of them, which is engaged in infrastructure sector;

        (c) specified securities allotted to promoters 67[and alternative investment funds] during the preceding one year at a price less than the issue price, against funds brought in by them during that period, in case of an issuer formed by conversion of one or more partnership firms, where the partners of the erstwhile partnership firms are the promoters of the issuer and there is no change in the management:

        Provided that specified securities, allotted to promoters against capital existing in such firms for a period of more than one year on a continuous basis, shall be eligible;

        (d) specified securities pledged with any creditor.

        (2) Specified securities referred to in clauses (a) and (c) of sub-regulation (1) shall be eligible for the computation of promoters’ contribution, if such securities are acquired pursuant to a scheme which has been approved under sections 391-394 of the Companies Act, 1956.

        Explanation: For the purposes of clause (b) of sub-regulation (1), the term “infrastructure sector” includes the facilities or services as specified in Schedule X

        34. Requirement of minimum promoters’ contribution not applicable in certain cases.

        The requirements of minimum promoters’ contribution shall not apply in case of:

        (a) an issuer which does not have any identifiable promoter;

        (b) a further public offer, where the equity shares 68[of the issuer] 69[***] are not infrequently traded in a recognised stock exchange for a period of at least three years and the issuer has a track record of dividend payment for at least immediately preceding three years:

        Provided that where promoters propose to subscribe to the specified securities offered to the extent greater than higher of the two options available in clause (b) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 32, the subscription in excess of such percentage shall be made at a price determined in terms of the provisions of regulation 76 or the issue price, whichever is higher.

        (c) rights issues.

        Explanation: For the purpose of clause (b), the words “infrequently traded” have the same meaning as assigned to them in Explanation to sub-regulation (5) of regulation 20 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 1997 and the reference date for the purpose of computing the annualised trading turnover referred to in the said Explanation shall be the date of filing the draft offer document with the Board and in case of a fast track issue, the date of filing the offer document with the Registrar of Companies before opening of the issue..

        PART IV - RESTRICTION ON TRANSFERABILITY (LOCK-IN) OF PROMOTERS’ CONTRIBUTION, ETC.

        35. Date of commencement of lock in and inscription of non-transferability.

        (1) Save as otherwise provided in this Chapter, specified securities held by promoters and persons other than promoters shall not be transferable (hereinafter referred to as “lock-in’) from the date of allotment of the specified securities in the proposed public issue for the period stipulated in this Chapter .

        (2) The certificate of specified securities which are subject to lock-in shall contain the inscription “non transferable” and the lock-in period and in case such specified securities are dematerialised, the issuer shall ensure that lock-in is recorded by the depository.

        (3) Where the specified securities which are subject to lock-in are partly paid-up and the amount called-up on such specified securities is less than the amount called-up on the specified securities issued to the public, the “lock-in” shall end only on the expiry of three years after such specified securities have become pari-passu with the specified securities issued to the public.

        36. Lock-in of specified securities held by promoters.

        In a public issue, the specified securities held by promoters shall be locked-in for the period stipulated hereunder:

        (a) minimum promoters’ contribution  including contribution made by alternative investment funds, referred to in proviso to clause (a) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 32, shall be locked-in for a period of three years from the date of commencement of commercial production or date of allotment in the public issue, whichever is later;

        (b) promoters’ holding in excess of minimum promoters’ contribution shall be locked-in for a period of one year:

        Provided that excess promoters’ contribution as provided in proviso to clause (b) of regulation 34 shall not be subject to lock-in.

        Explanation: For the purposes of this clause, the expression "date of commencement of commercial production" means the last date of the month in which commercial production in a manufacturing company is expected to commence as stated in the offer document.

        37.Lock-in of specified securities held by persons other than promoters.

        In case of an initial public offer, the entire pre-issue capital held by persons other than promoters shall be locked-in for a period of one year:

        Provided that nothing contained in this regulation shall apply to:

        (a) equity shares allotted to employees under an employee stock option or employee stock purchase scheme of the issuer prior to the initial public offer, if the issuer has made full disclosures with respect to such options or scheme in accordance with Part A of Schedule VIII;

        (b) equity shares held by a venture capital fund or alternative investment fund of category I or a foreign venture capital investor:

        Provided that such equity shares shall be locked in for a period of at least one year from the date of purchase by the venture capital fund or alternative investment fund or foreign venture capital investor.

        Explanation: For the purpose of clause (b), in case such equity shares have resulted pursuant to conversion of fully paid-up compulsorily convertible securities, the holding period of such convertible securities as well as that of resultant equity shares together shall be considered for the purpose of calculation of one year period and convertible securities shall be deemed to be fully paid-up, if the entire consideration payable thereon has been paid and no further consideration is payable at the time of their conversion.

        38. Lock-in of specified securities lent to stabilising agent under green shoe option.

        The lock-in provisions of this Chapter shall not apply with respect to the specified securities lent to stabilising agent for the purpose of green shoe option, during the period starting from the date of lending of such specified securities and ending on the date on which they are returned to the lender in terms of sub-regulation (5) or (6) of regulation 45:

        Provided that the specified securities shall be locked-in for the remaining period from the date on which they are returned to the lender.

        39. Pledge of locked-in specified securities.

        Specified securities held by promoters and locked-in may be pledged with any scheduled commercial bank or public financial institution as collateral security for loan granted by such bank or institution, subject to the following:

        (a) if the specified securities are locked-in in terms of clause (a) of regulation 36, the loan has been granted by such bank or institution for the purpose of financing one or more of the objects of the issue and pledge of specified securities is one of the terms of sanction of the loan;

        (b) if the specified securities are locked-in in terms of clause (b) of regulation 36 and the pledge of specified securities is one of the terms of sanction of the loan.

        40. Transferability of locked-in specified securities.

        Subject to the provisions of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial Acquisition of shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 1997, the specified securities held by promoters and locked-in as per regulation 36 may be transferred to another promoter or any person of the promoter group or a new promoter or a person in control of the issuer and the specified securities held by persons other than promoters and locked-in as per regulation 37 may be transferred to any other person
        holding the specified securities which are locked-in along with the securities proposed to be transferred:

        Provided that lock-in on such specified securities shall continue for the remaining period with the transferee and such transferee shall not be eligible to transfer them till the lock-in period stipulated in these regulations has expired.

        PART V - MINIMUM OFFER TO PUBLIC, RESERVATIONS, ETC.

        41. Minimum offer to public. The minimum net offer to the public shall be subject to the provisions of clause (b) of sub-rule (2) of rule 19 of Securities Contracts (Regulations) Rules, 1957.

        42. Reservation on competitive basis.

        (1) In case of an issue made through the book building process, the issuer may make reservation on competitive basis out of the issue size excluding promoters’ contribution and net offer to public in favour of the following categories of persons:

        (a) employees; and in case of a new issuer, persons who are in the permanent and full time employment of the promoting companies excluding the promoters and an immediate relative of the promoter of such companies;

        (b) shareholders (other than promoters) of:

        (i) listed promoting companies, in case of a new issuer; and

        (ii) listed group companies, in case of an existing issuer:

        Provided that if the promoting companies are designated financial institutions or state and central financial institutions, the shareholders of such promoting companies shall not be eligible for the reservation on competitive basis;

        (c) persons who, as on the date of filing the draft offer document with the Board, are associated with the issuer as depositors, bondholders or subscribers to services of the issuer making an initial public offer:

        Provided that the issuer shall not make the reservation to the issue management team, syndicate members, their promoters, directors and employees and for the group or associate companies of the issue management team and syndicate members and their promoters, directors and employees;

        (2) In case of an issue made other than through the book building process, the issuer may make reservation on competitive basis out of the issue size excluding promoters’ contribution and net offer to public in favour of the following categories of persons:

        (a) employees; and in case of a new issuer, persons who are in the permanent and full time employment of the promoting companies excluding the promoters and an immediate relative of the promoter of such companies;

        (b) shareholders (other than promoters) of:

        (i) listed promoting companies, in the case of a new issuer; and

        (ii) listed group companies, in the case of an existing issuer:

        Provided that if the promoting companies are designated financial institutions or state and central financial institutions, the shareholders of such promoting companies shall not be eligible for the reservation on competitive basis.

        (3) In case of a further public offer (not being a composite issue), the issuer may make reservation on competitive basis out of the issue size excluding promoters’ contribution and net offer to public in favour of retail individual shareholders of the issuer.

        (4) The reservation on competitive basis shall be subject to following conditions:

        (a) the aggregate of reservations for employees shall not exceed five per cent. of the post issue capital of the issuer;

        (b) reservation for shareholders shall not exceed ten per cent. of the issue size;

        (c) reservation for persons who as on the date of filing the draft offer document with the Board, have business association as depositors, bondholders and subscribers to services with the issuer making an initial public offer shall not exceed five per cent. of the issue size;

        (d) no further application for subscription in the net offer to public category shall be entertained from any person (except an employee and retail individual shareholder) in favour of whom reservation on competitive basis is made;

        (e) any unsubscribed portion in any reserved category may be added to any other reserved category and the unsubscribed portion, if any, after such inter-se adjustments among the reserved categories shall be added to the net offer to the public category;

        (f) in case of under-subscription in the net offer to the public category, spill-over to the extent of under-subscription shall be permitted from the reserved category to the net public offer category;

        (g) value of allotment to any employee in pursuance of reservation made under subregulations (1) or (2), as the case may be, shall not exceed two lakhs rupees.

        (5) In the case of reserved categories, a single applicant in the reserved category may make an application for a number of specified securities which exceeds the reservation.

        Explanation: For the purposes of this regulation:

        (I) The term "reservation on competitive basis” means reservation wherein specified securities are allotted in proportion of the number of specified securities applied for in respect of a particular reserved category to the number of specified securities reserved for that category;

        (II) The term “new issuer” means an issuer which has not completed twelve months of commercial operation and its audited operative results are not available.

        43.Allocation in net offer to public.

        (1) No person shall make an application in the net offer to public category for that number of specified securities which exceeds the number of specified securities offered to public.

        (2) In an issue made through the book building process under sub-regulation (1) of regulation 26, the allocation in the net offer to public category shall be as follows:

        (a) not less than thirty five per cent to retail individual investors;

        (b) not less than fifteen per cent to non-institutional investors; 

        (c) not more than fifty per cent to qualified institutional buyers, five per cent. of which shall be allocated to mutual funds:

        Provided that in addition to five per cent allocation available in terms of clause (c), mutual funds shall be eligible for allocation under the balance available for qualified institutional buyers.";

        (2A) In an issue made through the book building process under sub-regulation (2) of regulation 26, the allocation in the net offer to public category shall be as follows:

        (a) not more than ten per cent to retail individual investors;

        (b) not more than fifteen per cent to non-institutional investors;

        (c) not less than seventy five per cent to qualified institutional buyers, five per cent. of which shall be allocated to mutual funds:

        Provided that in addition to five per cent. allocation available in terms of clause (c), mutual funds shall be eligible for allocation under the balance available for qualified institutional buyers.

        (3) In an issue made through the book building process, the issuer may allocate upto sixty per cent. of the portion available for allocation to qualified institutional buyers to an anchor investor in accordance with the conditions specified in this regard in Schedule XI.

        (4) In an issue made other than through the book building process, allocation in the net offer to public category shall be made as follows:

        (a) minimum fifty per cent. to retail individual investors; and

        (b) remaining to:

        (i) individual applicants other than retail individual investors; and 

        (ii) other investors including corporate bodies or institutions, irrespective of the number of specified securities applied for;

        (c) the unsubscribed portion in either of the categories specified in clauses (a) or (b) may be allocated to applicants in the other category.

        Explanation: For the purpose of sub-regulation (4), if the retail individual investor category is entitled to more than fifty per cent. on proportionate basis, the retail individual investors shall be allocated that higher percentage.

        44. Safety-net arrangement.

        An issuer may provide for a safety-net arrangement for the specified securities offered in any public issue in consultation with the merchant banker after ascertaining the financial capacity of the person offering the safety-net arrangement, subject to disclosures specified in this regard in Part A of Schedule VIII:

        Provided that any such arrangement shall provide for an offer to purchase up to a maximum of one thousand specified securities per original resident retail individual allottee at the issue price within a period of six months from the last date of despatch of security certificates or credit of demat account.

        Explanation: For the purpose of this regulation, the term “safety net arrangement” means an arrangement provided by the issuer under which a person offers to purchase specified securities from the original resident retail individual allottees at the issue price..

        45.Price stabilisation through green shoe option

        (1) An issuer making a public issue of specified securities may provide green shoe option for stabilising the post listing price of its specified securities, subject to the following:

        (a) the issuer has been authorized, by a resolution passed in the general meeting of shareholders approving the public issue, to allot specified securities to the stabilising agent, if required, on the expiry of the stabilisation period;

        (b) the issuer has appointed a merchant banker or book runner, as the case may be, from amongst the merchant bankers appointed by the issuer as a stabilising agent, who shall be responsible for the price stabilisation process;

        (c) prior to filing the draft offer document with the Board, the issuer and the stabilising agent have entered into an agreement, stating all the terms and conditions relating to the green shoe option including fees charged and expenses to be incurred by the stabilising agent for discharging his responsibilities;

        (d) prior to filing the offer document with the Board, the stabilising agent has entered into an agreement with the promoters or pre-issue shareholders or both for borrowing specified securities from them in accordance with clause (g) of this sub-regulation, specifying therein the maximum number of specified securities that may be borrowed for the purpose of allotment or allocation of specified securities in excess of the issue size (hereinafter referred to as the “over- allotment”), which shall not be in excess of fifteen per cent. of the issue size;

        (e) subject to clause (d), the lead merchant banker or lead book runner, in consultation with the stabilising agent, shall determine the amount of specified securities to be over-allotted in the public issue;

        (f) the draft and final offer documents shall contain all material disclosures about the green shoe option specified in this regard in Part A of Schedule VIII;

        (g) in case of an initial public offer pre-issue shareholders and promoters and in case of a further public offer pre-issue shareholders holding more than five per cent. specified securities and promoters, may lend specified securities to the extent of the proposed overallotment;

        (h) the specified securities borrowed shall be in dematerialised form and allocation of these securities shall be made pro-rata to all successful applicants.

        (2) For the purpose of stabilisation of post-listing price of the specified securities, the stabilising agent shall determine the relevant aspects including the timing of buying such securities, quantity to be bought and the price at which such securities are to be bought from the market.

        (3) The stabilisation process shall be available for a period not exceeding thirty days from the date on which trading permission is given by the recognised stock exchanges in respect of the specified securities allotted in the public issue.

        (4) The stabilising agent shall open a special account, distinct from the issue account, with a bank for crediting the monies received from the applicants against the over-allotment and a special account with a depository participant for crediting specified securities to be bought from the market during the stabilisation period out of the monies credited in the special bank account.

        (5) The specified securities bought from the market and credited in the special account with the depository participant shall be returned to the promoters or pre-issue shareholders immediately, in any case not later than two working days after the end of the stabilization period.

        (6) On expiry of the stabilisation period, if the stabilising agent has not been able to buy specified securities from the market to the extent of such securities over-allotted, the issuer shall allot specified securities at issue price in dematerialised form to the extent of the shortfall to the special account with the depository participant, within five days of the closure of the stabilisation period and such specified securities shall be returned to the promoters or pre-issue shareholders by the stabilising agent in lieu of the specified securities borrowed from them and the account with the depository participant shall be closed thereafter. 

        (7) The issuer shall make a listing application in respect of the further specified securities allotted under sub-regulation (6), to all the recognised stock exchanges where the specified securities allotted in the public issue are listed and the provisions of Chapter VII shall not be applicable to such allotment.

        (8) The stabilising agent shall remit the monies with respect to the specified securities allotted under sub-regulation (6) to the issuer from the special bank account.

        (9) Any monies left in the special bank account after remittance of monies to the issuer under subregulation (8) and deduction of expenses incurred by the stabilising agent for the stabilisation process shall be transferred to the Investor Protection and Education Fund established by the Board and the special bank account shall be closed soon thereafter.

        (10) The stabilising agent shall submit a report to the stock exchange on a daily basis during the stabilisation period and a final report to the Board in the format specified in Schedule XII.

        (11) The stabilising agent shall maintain a register for a period of at least three years from the date of the end of the stabilisation period and such register shall contain the following particulars:

        (a) The names of the promoters or pre-issue shareholders from whom the specified securities were borrowed and the number of specified securities borrowed from each of them;

        (b) The price, date and time in respect of each transaction effected in the course of the stabilisation process; and 

        (c) The details of allotment made by the issuer on expiry of the stabilisation process. 

        46. Period of subscription.

        (1) Except as otherwise provided in these regulations] a public issue shall be kept open for at least three working days but not more than ten working days including the days for which the issue is kept open in case of revision in price band. 

        (2) In case the price band in a public issue made through the book building process is revised, the bidding (issue) period disclosed in the red herring prospectus shall be extended for a minimum period of three working days:

        Provided that the total bidding period shall not exceed ten working days. 

        47.Pre-issue advertisement for public issue.

        1) Subject to the provisions of section 66 of the Companies Act, 1956, the issuer shall, after registering the red herring prospectus (in case of a book built issue) or prospectus (in case of fixed price issue) with the Registrar of Companies, make a pre-issue advertisement in one English national daily newspaper with wide circulation, Hindi national daily newspaper with wide circulation and one regional language newspaper with wide circulation at the place where the registered office of the issuer is situated.

        (2) The pre-issue advertisement shall be in the format and shall contain the disclosures specified in Part A of Schedule XIII.

        48. Issue opening and issue closing advertisement for public issue.

        An issuer may issue advertisements for issue opening and issue closing advertisements, which shall be in the formats specified in Parts B and C of Schedule XIII.

        49.Minimum application value.

        (1) The issuer shall stipulate in the offer document, the minimum application size in terms of number of specified securities which shall fall within the range of minimum application value of ten thousand rupees to fifteen thousand rupees.

        (2) The issuer shall invite applications in multiples of the minimum application value, an illustration whereof is given in Schedule XIV.

        (3) The minimum sum payable on application shall not be less than twenty five per cent. of the issue price:

        Provided that in case of an offer for sale, the issue price payable for each specified security shall be brought in at the time of application.

        Explanation: For the purpose of this regulation, “minimum application value” shall be with reference to the issue price of the specified securities and not with reference to the amount payable on application.

        50. Allotment procedure and basis of allotment.

        (1) The allotment of specified securities to applicants other than retail individual investors and anchor investors shall be on proportionate basis within the specified investor categories and the number of securities allotted shall be rounded off to the nearest integer, subject to minimum allotment being equal to the minimum application size as determined and disclosed by the issuer:

        Provided that value of specified securities allotted to any person in pursuance of reservation made under clause (a) of sub-regulation (1) or clause (a) of sub-regulation (2) of regulation 42, shall not exceed two lakhs rupees.

        (1A) The allotment of specified securities to each retail individual investor shall not be less than the minimum bid lot, subject to availability of shares in retail individual investor category, and the remaining available shares, if any, shall be allotted on a proportionate basis.

        (2) The executive director or managing director of the designated stock exchange along with the post issue lead merchant bankers and registrars to the issue shall ensure that the basis of allotment is finalised in a fair and proper manner in accordance with the allotment procedure as specified in Schedule XV.

        51.Utilisation of subscription money.

        The post-issue lead merchant banker shall ensure that moneys received in respect of the issue are released to the issuer in compliance with the provisions of section 73 of the Companies Act,1956.

        51A.Annual Updation of Offer Document

        The disclosures made in the red herring prospectus while making an initial public offer, shall be updated on an annual basis by the issuer and shall be made publicly accessible in the manner specified by the Board.

    • CHAPTER IV RIGHTS ISSUE

        52. Record Date.

        (1) A listed issuer making a rights issue shall announce a record date for the purpose of determining the shareholders eligible to apply for specified securities in the proposed rights issue.

        (2) The issuer shall not withdraw rights issue after announcement of the record date.

        (3) If the issuer withdraws the rights issue after announcing the record date, it shall not make an application for listing of any of its specified securities on any recognised stock exchange for a period of twelve months from the record date announced under sub-regulation (1):

        Provided that the issuer may seek listing of its equity shares allotted pursuant to conversion or exchange of convertible securities issued prior to the announcement of the record date, on the recognised stock exchange where its securities are listed.

        53.Restriction on rights issue.
        (1) No issuer shall make a rights issue of equity shares unless it has made reservation of equity shares of the same class in favour of the holders of  outstanding compulsorily convertible debt instruments 91[,if any,] in proportion to the convertible part thereof.

        (2) The equity shares so reserved for the holders of fully or partially compulsorily convertible debt instruments shall be issued at the time of conversion of such convertible debt instruments on the same terms at which the equity shares offered in the rights issue were issued.

        54.Letter of offer, abridged letter of offer, pricing and period of subscription.

        (1) The abridged letter of offer, along with application form, shall be dispatched through registered post or speed post to all the existing shareholders at least three days before the date of opening of the issue:

        Provided that the letter of offer shall be given by the issuer or lead merchant banker to any existing shareholder who has made a request in this regard.

        (2) The shareholders who have not received the application form may apply in writing on a plain paper, along with the requisite application money.

        (3) The shareholders making application otherwise than on the application form shall not renounce their rights and shall not utilise the application form for any purpose including renunciation even if it is received subsequently.

        (4) Where any shareholder makes an application on application form as well as on plain paper, the application is liable to be rejected.

        (5) The issue price shall be decided before determining the record date which shall be determined in consultation with the designated stock exchange.

        (6) A rights issue shall be open for subscription for a minimum period of fifteen days and for a maximum period of thirty days.

        (7) The issuer shall give only one payment option out of the following to all the investors—

        (a) part payment on application with balance money to be paid in calls; or 

        (b) full payment on application:

        Provided that where the issuer has given the part payment option to investors, the part payment on application shall not be less than 25% of the issue price and such issuer shall obtain the necessary regulatory approvals to facilitate the same.

  • SEBI(Listing Obligations And Disclosure Requirements) Regulations,2015
    • Chapter I- Preliminary

        Short title and commencement

        1. (1) These regulations may be called the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.

        (2) They shall come into force on the ninetieth day from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette:

        Provided that the provisions of sub-regulation (4) of regulation 23 and regulation 31A shall come into force on the date of notification of these regulations.

        Definitions

        2. (1) In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires:—

        (a) “Act” means the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 (15 of 1992);

        (b) “associate” shall mean any entity which is an associate under sub-section (6) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013 or under the applicable accounting standards:

        Provided that this definition shall not be applicable for the units issued by mutual fund which are listed on a recognised stock exchange(s) for which the provisions of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 shall be applicable;

        (c) "Board" means the Securities and Exchange Board of India established under section 3 of the Act ;

        (d) “board of directors” or “board of trustees” shall mean the board of directors or board of trustees, whichever applicable, of the listed entity;

        (e) “chief executive officer” or “managing director” or “manager” shall mean the person so appointed in terms of the Companies Act, 2013;

        (f) “chief financial officer” or “whole time finance director” or “head of finance”, by whatever name called, shall mean the person heading and discharging the finance function of the listed entity as disclosed by it to the recognised stock exchange(s) in its filing under these regulations;

        (g) “committee” shall mean committee of board of directors or any other committee so constituted;

        (h) “designated securities” means specified securities, non-convertible debt securities, non-convertible redeemable preference shares, perpetual debt instrument, perpetual non-cumulative preference shares, Indian depository receipts, securitised debt instruments, units issued by mutual funds and any other securities as may be specified by the Board ;

        (i) “financial year” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it under sub-section (41) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013;

        (j) "global depository receipts” means global depository receipts as defined in sub-section (44) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013;

        (k) “half year” means the period of six months commencing on the first day of April or October of a financial year;

        (l) “half yearly results” means the financial results prepared in accordance with these regulations in respect of a half year;

        (m) "holding company" means a holding company as defined in sub-section (46) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013;

        (n) ‘Indian depository receipts’ means Indian depository receipts as defined in sub-section(48) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013;

        (o) “key managerial personnel” means key managerial personnel as defined in sub-section (51) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013;

        (p) "listed entity" means an entity which has listed, on a recognised stock exchange(s), the designated securities issued by it or designated securities issued under schemes managed by it, in accordance with the listing agreement entered into between the entity and the recognized stock exchange(s);

        (q) “listing agreement” shall mean an agreement that is entered into between a recognised stock exchange and an entity, on the application of that entity to the recognised stock exchange, undertaking to comply with conditions for listing of designated securities;

        (r) “main board" means main board as defined in clause (a) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 106N of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009;

        (s) “net worth” means net worth as defined in sub-section (57) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013;

        (t) ‘non-convertible debt securities’ which is ‘debt securities’ as defined under regulation 2(1)(e) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Debt Securities) Regulations, 2008;

        (u) ‘non-convertible redeemable preference shares’, ‘perpetual debt instrument’/'innovative perpetual debt instrument' and ‘perpetual non-cumulative preference share’ shall have the same meaning as assigned to them in the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Redeemable Preference Shares) Regulations, 2013;

        (v) "offer document" shall have the same meaning assigned to it under clause (x) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 2 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009, clause (j) of sub-regulation(1) of regulation 2 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Debt Securities) Regulations, 2008, clause (p) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 2 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Redeemable Preference Shares) Regulations, 2013, clause (r) of regulation 2 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 and clause (l) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 2 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Publi Offer and Listing of Securitised Debt Instruments) Regulations, 2008, as may be applicable;

        (w)"promoter" and "promoter group" shall have the same meaning as assigned to them respectively in clauses (za) and (zb) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 2 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009.

        (x) "public" means public as defined under clause (d) of rule 2 of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957;

        (y) "public shareholding" means public shareholding as defined under clause (e) of rule 2 of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957;

        (z) “quarter” means the period of three months commencing on the first day of April, July, October or January of a financial year;

        (za) "quarterly results" means the financial results prepared in accordance with these regulations in respect of a quarter;

        (zb) “related party” means a related party as defined under sub-section (76) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013 or under the applicable accounting standards:

        Provided that this definition shall not be applicable for the units issued by mutual funds which are listed on a recognised stock exchange(s);

        (zc) “related party transaction” means a transfer of resources, services or obligations between a listed entity and a related party, regardless of whether a price is charged and a "transaction" with a related party shall be construed to include a single transaction or a group of transactions in a contract:

        Provided that this definition shall not be applicable for the units issued by mutual funds which are listed on a recognised stock exchange(s);

        (zd) “relative” means relative as defined under sub-section (77) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013 and rules prescribed there under:

        Provided this definition shall not be applicable for the units issued by mutual fund which are listed on a recognised stock exchange(s);

        (ze) "schedule" means a schedule annexed to these regulations;

        (zf) "securities laws" means the Act, the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956, the Depositories Act, 1996, and the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 and Companies Act, 2013, and the rules, regulations, circulars or guidelines made thereunder.

        (zg) ‘securitised debt instruments’ as defined in the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Public Offer and Listing of Securitised Debt Instruments) Regulations, 2008;

        (zh) “servicer” means servicer as defined under clause(t) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 2 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Public Offer And Listing Of Securitised Debt Instruments) Regulations, 2008;

        (zi) "small and medium enterprises" or "SME" shall mean an entity which has issued specified securities in accordance with the provisions of Chapter XB of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009;

        (zj) “SME Exchange” means an SME exchange as defined under clause (c) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 106N of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009;

        (zk) "stock exchange" means a recognised stock exchange as defined under clause (f) of section 2 of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956;

        (zl) ‘specified securities’ means ‘equity shares’ and ‘convertible securities’ as defined under clause (zj) of sub-regulation (1) of regulation 2 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009;

        (zm) “subsidiary” means a subsidiary as defined under sub-section(87) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013;

        (2) All other words and expressions used but not defined in these regulations, but defined in the Act or the Companies Act, 2013, the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956, the Depositories Act, 1996 and/or the rules and regulations made thereunder shall have the same meaning as respectively assigned to them in such Acts or rules or regulations or any statutory modification or re-enactment thereto, as the case may be.

        Applicability of the regulations

        3. Unless otherwise provided, these regulations shall apply to the listed entity who has listed any of the following designated securities on recognised stock exchange(s):

        (a) specified securities listed on main board or SME Exchange or institutional trading platform;

        (b) non-convertible debt securities, non-convertible redeemable preference shares, perpetual debt instrument, perpetual non-cumulative preference shares;

        (c) Indian depository receipts;

        (d) securitised debt instruments;

        (e) units issued by mutual funds;

        (f) any other securities as may be specified by the Board.

    • Chapter II- Principles Governing Disclosures And Obligations Of Listed Entity

        PRINCIPLES GOVERNING DISCLOSURES AND OBLIGATIONS OF LISTED ENTITY

        Principles governing disclosures and obligations

        4. (1) The listed entity which has listed securities shall make disclosures and abide by its obligations under these regulations, in accordance with the following principles:

        (a) Information shall be prepared and disclosed in accordance with applicable standards of accounting and financial disclosure.

        (b) The listed entity shall implement the prescribed accounting standards in letter and spirit in the preparation of financial statements taking into consideration the interest of all stakeholders and shall also ensure that the annual audit is conducted by an independent, competent and qualified auditor.

        (c) The listed entity shall refrain from misrepresentation and ensure that the information provided to recognised stock exchange(s) and investors is not misleading.

        (d) The listed entity shall provide adequate and timely information to recognised stock exchange(s) and investors.

        (e) The listed entity shall ensure that disseminations made under provisions of these regulations and circulars made thereunder, are adequate, accurate, explicit, timely and presented in a simple language.

        (f) Channels for disseminating information shall provide for equal, timely and cost efficient access to relevant information by investors.

        (g) The listed entity shall abide by all the provisions of the applicable laws including the securities laws and also such other guidelines as may be issued from time to time by the Board and the recognised stock exchange(s) in this regard and as may be applicable.

        (h) The listed entity shall make the specified disclosures and follow its obligations in letter and spirit taking into consideration the interest of all stakeholders.

        (i) Filings, reports, statements, documents and information which are event based or are filed periodically shall contain relevant information.

        (j) Periodic filings, reports, statements, documents and information reports shall contain information that shall enable investors to track the performance of a listed entity over regular intervals of time and shall provide sufficient information to enable investors to assess the current status of a listed entity.

        (2) The listed entity which has listed its specified securities shall comply with the corporate governance provisions as specified in chapter IV which shall be implemented in a manner so as to achieve the objectives of the principles as mentioned below:

        (a) The rights of shareholders: The listed entity shall seek to protect and facilitate the exercise of the following rights of shareholders:

        (i) right to participate in, and to be sufficiently informed of, decisions concerning fundamental corporate changes.

        (ii) opportunity to participate effectively and vote in general shareholder meetings.

        (iii) being informed of the rules, including voting procedures that govern general shareholder meetings.

        (iv) opportunity to ask questions to the board of directors, to place items on the agenda of general meetings, and to propose resolutions, subject to reasonable limitations.

        (v) effective shareholder participation in key corporate governance decisions, such as the nomination and election of members of board of directors.

        (vi) exercise of ownership rights by all shareholders, including institutional investors.

        (vii) adequate mechanism to address the grievances of the shareholders.

        (viii) protection of minority shareholders from abusive actions by, or in the interest of, controlling shareholders acting either directly or indirectly, and effective means of redress.

        (b) Timely information: The listed entity shall provide adequate and timely information to shareholders, including but not limited to the following:

        (i) sufficient and timely information concerning the date, location and agenda of general meetings, as well as full and timely information regarding the issues to be discussed at the meeting.

        (ii) capital structures and arrangements that enable certain shareholders to obtain a degree of control disproportionate to their equity ownership.

        (iii) rights attached to all series and classes of shares, which shall be disclosed to investors before they acquire shares.

        (c) Equitable treatment: The listed entity shall ensure equitable treatment of all shareholders, including minority and foreign shareholders, in the following manner:

        (i) All shareholders of the same series of a class shall be treated equally.

        (ii) Effective shareholder participation in key corporate governance decisions, such as the nomination and election of members of board of directors, shall be facilitated.

        (iii)Exercise of voting rights by foreign shareholders shall be facilitated.

        (iv)The listed entity shall devise a framework to avoid insider trading and abusive self-dealing.

        (v) Processes and procedures for general shareholder meetings shall allow for equitable treatment of all shareholders.

        (vi)Procedures of listed entity shall not make it unduly difficult or expensive to cast votes.

        (d) Role of stakeholders in corporate governance: The listed entity shall recognise the rights of its stakeholders and encourage co-operation between listed entity and the stakeholders, in the following manner:

        (i) The listed entity shall respect the rights of stakeholders that are established by law or through mutual agreements.

        (ii) Stakeholders shall have the opportunity to obtain effective redress for violation of their rights.

        (iii)Stakeholders shall have access to relevant, sufficient and reliable information on a timely and regular basis to enable them to participate in corporate governance process.

        (iv)The listed entity shall devise an effective whistle blower mechanism enabling stakeholders, including individual employees and their representative bodies, to freely communicate their concerns about illegal or unethical practices.

        (e) Disclosure and transparency: The listed entity shall ensure timely and accurate disclosure on all material matters including the financial situation, performance, ownership, and governance of the listed entity, in the following manner:

        (i) Information shall be prepared and disclosed in accordance with the prescribed standards of accounting, financial and non-financial disclosure.

        (ii) Channels for disseminating information shall provide for equal, timely and cost efficient access to relevant information by users.

        (iii) Minutes of the meeting shall be maintained explicitly recording dissenting opinions, if any.

        (f) Responsibilities of the board of directors: The board of directors of the listed entity shall have the following responsibilities:

               (i) Disclosure of information:

        (1) Members of board of directors and key managerial personnel shall disclose to the board of directors whether they, directly, indirectly, or on behalf of third parties, have a material interest in any transaction or matter directly affecting the listed entity.

        (2) The board of directors and senior management shall conduct themselves so as to meet the expectations of operational transparency to stakeholders while at the same time maintaining confidentiality of information in order to foster a culture of good decision-making.

              (ii) Key functions of the board of directors-

        (1) Reviewing and guiding corporate strategy, major plans of action, risk policy, annual budgets and business plans, setting performance objectives, monitoring implementation and corporate performance, and overseeing major capital expenditures, acquisitions and divestments.

        (2) Monitoring the effectiveness of the listed entity’s governance practices and making changes as needed.

        (3) Selecting, compensating, monitoring and, when necessary, replacing key managerial personnel and overseeing succession planning.

        (4) Aligning key managerial personnel and remuneration of board of directors with the longer term interests of the listed entity and its shareholders.

        (5) Ensuring a transparent nomination process to the board of directors with the diversity of thought, experience, knowledge, perspective and gender in the board of directors.

        (6) Monitoring and managing potential conflicts of interest of management, members of the board of directors and shareholders, including misuse of corporate assets and abuse in related party transactions.

        (7) Ensuring the integrity of the listed entity’s accounting and financial reporting systems, including the independent audit, and that appropriate systems of control are in place, in particular, systems for risk management, financial and operational control, and compliance with the law and relevant standards.

        (8) Overseeing the process of disclosure and communications.

        (9) Monitoring and reviewing board of director’s evaluation framework.

           (iii) Other responsibilities:

        (1) The board of directors shall provide strategic guidance to the listed entity, ensure effective monitoring of the management and shall be accountable to the listed entity and the shareholders.

        (2) The board of directors shall set a corporate culture and the values by which executives throughout a group shall behave.

        (3) Members of the board of directors shall act on a fully informed basis, in good faith, with due diligence and care, and in the best interest of the listed entity and the shareholders.

        (4) The board of directors shall encourage continuing directors training to ensure that the members of board of directors are kept up to date.

        (5) Where decisions of the board of directors may affect different shareholder groups differently, the board of directors shall treat all shareholders fairly.

        (6) The board of directors shall maintain high ethical standards and shall take into account the interests of stakeholders.

        (7) The board of directors shall exercise objective independent judgement on corporate affairs.

        (8) The board of directors shall consider assigning a sufficient number of non -executive members of the board of directors capable of exercising independent judgement to tasks where there is a potential for conflict of interest.

        (9) The board of directors shall ensure that, while rightly encouraging positive thinking, these do not result in over-optimism that either leads to significant risks not being recognised or exposes the listed entity to excessive risk.

        (10)The board of directors shall have ability to ‘step back’ to assist executive management by challenging the assumptions underlying: strategy, strategic initiatives (such as acquisitions), risk appetite, exposures and the key areas of the listed entity’s focus.

        (11)When committees of the board of directors are established, their mandate, composition and working procedures shall be well defined and disclosed by the board of directors.

        (12) Members of the board of directors shall be able to commit themselves effectively to their responsibilities.

        (13)In order to fulfil their responsibilities, members of the board of directors shall have access to accurate, relevant and timely information.

        (14)The board of directors and senior management shall facilitate the independent directors to perform their role effectively as a member of the board of directors and also a member of a committee of board of directors.

        (3) In case of any ambiguity or incongruity between the principles and relevant regulations, the principles specified in this Chapter shall prevail.

    • Chapter III-Common Obligations Of Listed Entities

        COMMON OBLIGATIONS OF LISTED ENTITIES

        General obligation of compliance

        5. The listed entity shall ensure that key managerial personnel, directors, promoters or any other person dealing with the listed entity, complies with responsibilities or obligations, if any, assigned to them under these regulations.

        Compliance Officer and his Obligations

        6. (1) A listed entity shall appoint a qualified company secretary as the compliance officer.

        (2) The compliance officer of the listed entity shall be responsible for-

        (a) ensuring conformity with the regulatory provisions applicable to the listed entity in letter and spirit.

        (b) co-ordination with and reporting to the Board, recognised stock exchange(s) and depositories with respect to compliance with rules, regulations and other directives of these authorities in manner as specified from time to time.

        (c) ensuring that the correct procedures have been followed that would result in the correctness, authenticity and comprehensiveness of the information, statements and reports filed by the listed entity under these regulations.

        (d) monitoring email address of grievance redressal division as designated by the listed entity for the purpose of registering complaints by investors:

        Provided that the requirements of this regulation shall not be applicable in the case of units issued by mutual funds which are listed on recognised stock exchange(s) but shall be governed by the provisions of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996.

        Share Transfer Agent

        7. (1) The listed entity shall appoint a share transfer agent or manage the share transfer facility in-house:

        Provided that, in the case of in-house share transfer facility, as and when the total number of holders of securities of the listed entity exceeds one lakh, the listed entity shall either register with the Board as a Category II share transfer agent or appoint Registrar to an issue and share transfer agent registered with the Board.

           (2) The listed entity shall ensure that all activities in relation to both physical and electronic share transfer facility are maintained either in house or by Registrar to 12 an issue and share transfer agent registered with the Board.

          (3) The listed entity shall submit a compliance certificate to the exchange, duly signed by both the compliance officer of the listed entity and the authorized representative of the share transfer agent, wherever applicable, within one month of end of each half of the financial year, certifying compliance with the requirements of sub- regulation (2).

          (4) In case of any change or appointment of a new share transfer agent, the listed entity shall enter into a tripartite agreement between the existing share transfer agent, the new share transfer agent and the listed entity, in the manner as specified by the Board from time to time:

        Provided that in case the existing share transfer facility is managed in-house, the agreement referred above shall be entered into between the listed entity and the new share transfer agent.

          (5) The listed entity shall intimate such appointment, referred to in sub-regulation (4), to the stock exchange(s) within seven days of entering into the agreement.

          (6) The agreement referred to in sub-regulation (4) shall be placed in the subsequent meeting of the board of directors:

        Provided that the requirements of this regulation shall not be applicable to the units issued by mutual funds that are listed on recognised stock exchange(s). Co-operation with intermediaries registered with the Board.

        8. The listed entity, wherever applicable, shall co-operate with and submit correct and adequate information to the intermediaries registered with the Board such as credit rating agencies, registrar to an issue and share transfer agents, debenture trustees etc, within timelines and procedures specified under the Act, regulations and circulars issued there under:

        Provided that requirements of this regulation shall not be applicable to the units issued by mutual funds listed on a recognised stock exchange(s) for which the provisions of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 shall be applicable.

        Preservation of documents

        9. The listed entity shall have a policy for preservation of documents, approved by its board of directors, classifying them in at least two categories as follows-

        (a) documents whose preservation shall be permanent in nature ;

        (b) documents with preservation period of not less than eight years after completion of the relevant transactions:

        Provided that the listed entity may keep documents specified in clauses (a) and (b) in electronic mode.

        Filing of information

        10. (1) The listed entity shall file the reports, statements, documents, filings and any other information with the recognised stock exchange(s) on the electronic platform as specified by the Board or the recognised stock exchange(s).

        (2) The listed entity shall put in place infrastructure as required for compliance with sub-regulation (1).

        Scheme of Arrangement

        11. The listed entity shall ensure that any scheme of arrangement /amalgamation /merger /reconstruction /reduction of capital etc. to be presented to any Court or Tribunal does not in any way violate, override or limit the provisions of securities laws or requirements of the stock exchange(s): 

        Provided that this regulation shall not be applicable for the units issued by Mutual Fund which are listed on a recognised stock exchange(s).

        Payment of dividend or interest or redemption or repayment

        12. The listed entity shall use any of the electronic mode of payment facility approved by the Reserve Bank of India, in the manner specified in Schedule I, for the payment of the following:

        (a) dividends;

        (b) interest;

        (c) redemption or repayment amounts:

        Provided that where it is not possible to use electronic mode of payment, ‘payable-at-par’ warrants or cheques may be issued:

        Provided further that where the amount payable as dividend exceeds one thousand and five hundred rupees, the ‘payable-at-par’ warrants or cheques shall be sent by speed post.

        Grievance Redressal Mechanism

        13. (1) The listed entity shall ensure that adequate steps are taken for expeditious redressal of investor complaints.

        (2) The listed entity shall ensure that it is registered on the SCORES platform or such other electronic platform or system of the Board as shall be mandated from time to time, in order to handle investor complaints electronically in the manner specified by the Board.

        (3) The listed entity shall file with the recognised stock exchange(s) on a quarterly basis, within twenty one days from the end of each quarter, a statement giving the number of investor complaints pending at the beginning of the quarter, those received during the quarter, disposed of during the quarter and those remaining unresolved at the end of the quarter.

        (4) The statement as specified in sub-regulation (3) shall be placed, on quarterly basis, before the board of directors of the listed entity.

        Fees and other charges to be paid to the recognized stock exchange(s)

        14. The listed entity shall pay all such fees or charges, as applicable, to the recognised stock exchange(s), in the manner specified by the Board or the recognised stock exchange(s).

    • Chapter IV- Obligations Of Listed Entity Which Has Listed Its Specified Securities

        OBLIGATIONS OF LISTED ENTITY WHICH HAS LISTED ITS SPECIFIED SECURITIES

        Applicability

        15. (1) The provisions of this chapter shall apply to a listed entity which has listed its specified securities on any recognised stock exchange(s) either on the main board or on SME Exchange or on institutional trading platform:

        (2) The compliance with the corporate governance provisions as specified in regulations 17, 18, 19, 20, 21,22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and clauses (b) to (i) of sub-regulation (2) of regulation 46 and para C , D and E of Schedule V shall not apply, in respect of -

        (a) the listed entity having paid up equity share capital not exceeding rupees ten crore and net worth not exceeding rupees twenty five crore, as on the last day of the previous financial year:

        Provided that where the provisions of the regulations specified in this regulation becomes applicable to a listed entity at a later date, such listed entity shall comply with the requirements those regulations within six months from the date on which the provisions became applicable to the listed entity.

        (b) the listed entity which has listed its specified securities on the SME Exchange:

        Provided that for other listed entities which are not companies, but body corporate or are subject to regulations under other statues, the provisions of corporate governance provisions as specified in regulation 17, 18, 19, 20, 21,22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and clauses (b) to (i) of sub-regulation (2) of regulation 46 and para C , D and E of Schedule V shall apply to the extent that it does not violate their respective statutes and guidelines or directives issued by the relevant authorities.

        (3) Notwithstanding sub-regulation (2) above, the provisions of Companies Act, 2013 shall continue to apply, wherever applicable.

        Definitions

        16. (1) For the purpose of this chapter , unless the context otherwise requires -

        (a) "control" shall have the same meaning as assigned to it under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011;

        (b) "independent director" means a non-executive director, other than a nominee director of the listed entity:

        (i) who, in the opinion of the board of directors, is a person of integrity and possesses relevant expertise and experience;

        (ii) who is or was not a promoter of the listed entity or its holding, subsidiary or associate company;

        (iii) who is not related to promoters or directors in the listed entity, its holding, subsidiary or associate company;

        (iv) who, apart from receiving director's remuneration, has or had no material pecuniary relationship with the listed entity, its holding, subsidiary or associate company, or their promoters, or directors, during the two immediately preceding financial years or during the current financial year;

        (v) none of whose relatives has or had pecuniary relationship or transaction with the listed entity, its holding, subsidiary or associate company, or their promoters, or directors, amounting to two per cent. or more of its gross turnover or total income or fifty lakh rupees or such higher amount as may be prescribed from time to time, whichever is lower, during the two immediately preceding financial years or during the current financial year;

        (vi) who, neither himself, nor whose relative(s) —

        (A) holds or has held the position of a key managerial personnel or is or has been an employee of the listed entity or its holding, subsidiary or associate company in any of the three financial years immediately preceding the financial year in which he is proposed to be appointed;

        (B) is or has been an employee or proprietor or a partner, in any of the three financial years immediately preceding the financial year in which he is proposed to be appointed, of —

        (1) a firm of auditors or company secretaries in practice or cost auditors of the listed entity or its holding, subsidiary or associate company; or

        (2) any legal or a consulting firm that has or had any transaction with the listed entity, its holding, subsidiary or associate company amounting to ten per cent or more of the gross turnover of such firm;

        (C) holds together with his relatives two per cent or more of the total voting power of the listed entity; or

        (D) is a chief executive or director, by whatever name called, of any non-profit organisation that receives twenty-five per cent or more of its receipts or corpus from the listed entity, any or its promoters, directors or its holding, subsidiary or associate company or that holds two per cent or more of the total voting power of the listed entity;

        (E) is a material supplier, service provider or customer or a lessor or lessee of the listed entity;

        (vii) who is not less than 21 years of age.

        (c) “material subsidiary” shall mean a subsidiary, whose income or net worth exceeds twenty percent of the consolidated income or net worth respectively, of the listed entity and its subsidiaries in the immediately preceding accounting year.

        Explanation - The listed entity shall formulate a policy for determining ‘material’ subsidiary.

        (d) “senior management” shall mean officers/personnel of the listed entity who are members of its core management team excluding board of directors and normally this shall comprise all members of management one level below the executive directors, including all functional heads.

        Board of Directors

        17. (1) The composition of board of directors of the listed entity shall be as follows:

        (a) board of directors shall have an optimum combination of executive and non-executive directors with at least one woman director and not less than fifty per cent. of the board of directors shall comprise of non-executive directors;

        (b) where the chairperson of the board of directors is a non-executive director, at least one-third of the board of directors shall comprise of independent directors and where the listed entity does not have a regular non-executive chairperson, at least half of the board of directors shall comprise of independent directors:

        Provided that where the regular non-executive chairperson is a promoter of the listed entity or is related to any promoter or person occupying management positions at the level of board of director or at one level below the board of directors, at least half of the board of directors of the listed entity shall consist of independent directors.

        Explanation.- For the purpose of this clause, the expression “related to any promoter" shall have the following meaning:

        (i) if the promoter is a listed entity, its directors other than the independent directors, its employees or its nominees shall be deemed to be related to it;

        (ii) if the promoter is an unlisted entity, its directors, its employees or its nominees shall be deemed to be related to it.

        (2) The board of directors shall meet at least four times a year, with a maximum time gap of one hundred and twenty days between any two meetings.

        (3) The board of directors shall periodically review compliance reports pertaining to all laws applicable to the listed entity, prepared by the listed entity as well as steps taken by the listed entity to rectify instances of non-compliances.

        (4) The board of directors of the listed entity shall satisfy itself that plans are in place for orderly succession for appointment to the board of directors and senior management.

        (5) (a) The board of directors shall lay down a code of conduct for all members of board of directors and senior management of the listed entity.

              (b) The code of conduct shall suitably incorporate the duties of independent directors as laid      down in the Companies Act, 2013.

        (6) (a) The board of directors shall recommend all fees or compensation, if any, paid to non-executive directors, including independent directors and shall require approval of shareholders in general meeting.

              (b) The requirement of obtaining approval of shareholders in general meeting shall not apply to payment of sitting fees to non-executive directors, if made within the limits prescribed under the Companies Act, 2013 for payment of sitting fees without approval of the Central Government.

             (c) The approval of shareholders mentioned in clause (a), shall specify the limits for the maximum number of stock options that may be granted to non-executive directors, in any financial year and in aggregate.

             (d) Independent directors shall not be entitled to any stock option.

        (7) The minimum information to be placed before the board of directors is specified in Part A of Schedule II.

        (8) The chief executive officer and the chief financial officer shall provide the compliance certificate to the board of directors as specified in Part B of Schedule II.

        (9) (a) The listed entity shall lay down procedures to inform members of board of directors about risk assessment and minimization procedures.

             (b) The board of directors shall be responsible for framing, implementing and monitoring the risk management plan for the listed entity.

        (10)The performance evaluation of independent directors shall be done by the entire board of directors:

        Provided that in the above evaluation the directors who are subject to evaluation shall not participate:

        Audit Committee

        18. (1) Every listed entity shall constitute a qualified and independent audit committee in accordance with the terms of reference, subject to the following:

        (a) The audit committee shall have minimum three directors as members.

        (b) Two-thirds of the members of audit committee shall be independent directors.

        (c) All members of audit committee shall be financially literate and at least one member shall have accounting or related financial management expertise.

        Explanation (1) - For the purpose of this regulation, “financially literate” shall mean the ability to read and understand basic financial statements i.e. balance sheet, profit and loss account, and statement of cash flows.

        Explanation (2) - For the purpose of this regulation, a member shall be considered to have accounting or related financial management expertise if he or she possesses experience in finance or accounting, or requisite professional certification in accounting, or any other comparable experience or background which results in the individual’s financial sophistication, including being or having been a chief executive officer, chief financial officer or other senior officer with financial oversight responsibilities.

        (d) The chairperson of the audit committee shall be an independent director and he shall be present at Annual general meeting to answer shareholder queries.

        (e) The Company Secretary shall act as the secretary to the audit committee.

        (f) The audit committee at its discretion shall invite the finance director or head of the finance function, head of internal audit and a representative of the statutory auditor and any other such executives to be present at the meetings of the committee:

        Provided that occasionally the audit committee may meet without the presence of any executives of the listed entity.

        (2) The listed entity shall conduct the meetings of the audit committee in the following manner:

        (a) The audit committee shall meet at least four times in a year and not more than one hundred and twenty days shall elapse between two meetings.

        (b) The quorum for audit committee meeting shall either be two members or one third of the members of the audit committee, whichever is greater, with at least two independent directors.

        (c) The audit committee shall have powers to investigate any activity within its terms of reference, seek information from any employee, obtain outside legal or other professional advice and secure attendance of outsiders with relevant expertise, if it considers necessary.

        (3) The role of the audit committee and the information to be reviewed by the audit committee shall be as specified in Part C of Schedule II.

        Nomination and remuneration committee

        19. (1) The board of directors shall constitute the nomination and remuneration committee as follows:

        (a) the committee shall comprise of at least three directors ;

        (b) all directors of the committee shall be non-executive directors; and

        (c) at least fifty percent of the directors shall be independent directors.

        (2) The Chairperson of the nomination and remuneration committee shall be an independent director:

        Provided that the chairperson of the listed entity, whether executive or non-executive, may be appointed as a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and shall not chair such Committee.

        (3) The Chairperson of the nomination and remuneration committee may be present at the annual general meeting, to answer the shareholders' queries; however, it shall be up to the chairperson to decide who shall answer the queries.

        (4) The role of the nomination and remuneration committee shall be as specified as in Part D of the Schedule II.

        Stakeholders Relationship Committee

        20. (1) The listed entity shall constitute a Stakeholders Relationship Committee to specifically look into the mechanism of redressal of grievances of shareholders, debenture holders and other security holders.

        (2) The chairperson of this committee shall be a non-executive director.

        (3) The board of directors shall decide other members of this committee.

        (4) The role of the Stakeholders Relationship Committee shall be as specified as in Part D of the Schedule II.

        Risk Management Committee.

        21. (1) The board of directors shall constitute a Risk Management Committee.

        (2) The majority of members of Risk Management Committee shall consist of members of the board of directors.

        (3) The Chairperson of the Risk management committee shall be a member of the board of directors and senior executives of the listed entity may be members of the committee.

        (4) The board of directors shall define the role and responsibility of the Risk Management Committee and may delegate monitoring and reviewing of the risk management plan to the committee and such other functions as it may deem fit.

        (5) The provisions of this regulation shall be applicable to top 100 listed entities, determined on the basis of market capitalisation, as at the end of the immediate previous financial year.

        Vigil mechanism

        22. (1) The listed entity shall formulate a vigil mechanism for directors and employees to report genuine concerns.

        (2) The vigil mechanism shall provide for adequate safeguards against victimization of director(s) or employee(s) or any other person who avail the mechanism and also provide for direct access to the chairperson of the audit committee in appropriate or exceptional cases.

        Related party transactions

        23. (1) The listed entity shall formulate a policy on materiality of related party transactions and on dealing with related party transactions:

        Explanation - A transaction with a related party shall be considered material if the transaction(s) to be entered into individually or taken together with previous transactions during a financial year, exceeds ten percent of the annual consolidated turnover of the listed entity as per the last audited financial statements of the listed entity.

        (2) All related party transactions shall require prior approval of the audit committee.

        (3) Audit committee may grant omnibus approval for related party transactions proposed to be entered into by the listed entity subject to the following conditions, namely-

        (a) the audit committee shall lay down the criteria for granting the omnibus approval in line with the policy on related party transactions of the listed entity and such approval shall be applicable in respect of transactions which are repetitive in nature;

        (b) the audit committee shall satisfy itself regarding the need for such omnibus approval and that such approval is in the interest of the listed entity;

        (c) the omnibus approval shall specify:

        (i) the name(s) of the related party, nature of transaction, period of transaction, maximum amount of transactions that shall be entered into,

        (ii) the indicative base price / current contracted price and the formula for variation in the price if any; and

        (iii) such other conditions as the audit committee may deem fit:

        Provided that where the need for related party transaction cannot be foreseen and aforesaid details are not available, audit committee may grant omnibus approval for such transactions subject to their value not exceeding rupees one crore per transaction.

        (d) the audit committee shall review, at least on a quarterly basis, the details of related party transactions entered into by the listed entity pursuant to each of the omnibus approvals given.

        (e) Such omnibus approvals shall be valid for a period not exceeding one year and shall require fresh approvals after the expiry of one year:

        (4) All material related party transactions shall require approval of the shareholders through resolution and the related parties shall abstain from voting on such resolutions whether the entity is a related party to the particular transaction or not.

        (5) The provisions of sub-regulations (2), (3) and (4) shall not be applicable in the following cases:

        (a) transactions entered into between two government companies;

        (b) transactions entered into between a holding company and its wholly owned subsidiary whose accounts are consolidated with such holding company and placed before the shareholders at the general meeting for approval.

        Explanation - For the purpose of clause (a), "Government Company (ies) means Government company as defined in sub-section (45) of section 2 of the Companies Act, 2013.

        (6) The provisions of this regulation shall be applicable to all prospective transactions.

        (7) For the purpose of this regulation, all entities falling under the definition of related parties shall abstain from voting irrespective of whether the entity is a party to the particular transaction or not.

        (8) All existing material related party contracts or arrangements entered into prior to the date of notification of these regulations and which may continue beyond such date shall be placed for approval of the shareholders in the first General Meeting subsequent to notification of these regulations.

        Corporate governance requirements with respect to subsidiary of listed entity

        24. (1) At least one independent director on the board of directors of the listed entity shall be a director on the board of directors of an unlisted material subsidiary, incorporated in India.

        (2) The audit committee of the listed entity shall also review the financial statements, in particular, the investments made by the unlisted subsidiary.

        (3) The minutes of the meetings of the board of directors of the unlisted subsidiary shall be placed at the meeting of the board of directors of the listed entity.

        (4) The management of the unlisted subsidiary shall periodically bring to the notice of the board of directors of the listed entity, a statement of all significant transactions and arrangements entered into by the unlisted subsidiary.

        Explanation- For the purpose of this regulation, the term “significant transaction or arrangement” shall mean any individual transaction or arrangement that exceeds or is likely to exceed ten percent of the total revenues or total expenses or total assets or total liabilities, as the case may be, of the unlisted material subsidiary for the immediately preceding accounting year.

        (5) A listed entity shall not dispose of shares in its material subsidiary resulting in reduction of its shareholding (either on its own or together with other subsidiaries) to less than fifty percent or cease the exercise of control over the subsidiary without passing a special resolution in its General Meeting except in cases where such divestment is made under a scheme of arrangement duly approved by a Court/Tribunal.

        (6) Selling, disposing and leasing of assets amounting to more than twenty percent of the assets of the material subsidiary on an aggregate basis during a financial year shall require prior approval of shareholders by way of special resolution, unless the sale/disposal/lease is made under a scheme of arrangement duly approved by a Court/Tribunal.

        (7) Where a listed entity has a listed subsidiary, which is itself a holding company, the provisions of this regulation shall apply to the listed subsidiary in so far as its subsidiaries are concerned.

        Obligations with respect to independent directors

        25. (1) A person shall not serve as an independent director in more than seven listed entities:

        Provided that any person who is serving as a whole time director in any listed entity shall serve as an independent director in not more than three listed entities.

        (2) The maximum tenure of independent directors shall be in accordance with the Companies Act, 2013 and rules made thereunder, in this regard, from time to time.

        (3) The independent directors of the listed entity shall hold at least one meeting in a year, without the presence of non-independent directors and members of the management and all the independent directors shall strive to be present at such meeting.

        (4) The independent directors in the meeting referred in sub-regulation (3) shall, inter alia-

        (a) review the performance of non-independent directors and the board of directors as a whole;

        (b) review the performance of the chairperson of the listed entity, taking into account the views of executive directors and non-executive directors;

        (c) assess the quality, quantity and timeliness of flow of information between the management of the listed entity and the board of directors that is necessary for the board of directors to effectively and reasonably perform their duties.

        (5) An independent director shall be held liable, only in respect of such acts of omission or commission by the listed entity which had occurred with his knowledge, attributable through processes of board of directors, and with his consent or connivance or where he had not acted diligently with respect to the provisions contained in these regulations.

        (6) An independent director who resigns or is removed from the board of directors of the listed entity shall be replaced by a new independent director by listed entity at the earliest but not later than the immediate next meeting of the board of directors or three months from the date of such vacancy, whichever is later:

        Provided that where the listed entity fulfils the requirement of independent directors in its board of directors without filling the vacancy created by such resignation or removal, the requirement of replacement by a new independent director shall not apply.

        (7) The listed entity shall familiarise the independent directors through various programmes about the listed entity, including the following:

        (a) nature of the industry in which the listed entity operates;

        (b) business model of the listed entity;

        (c) roles, rights, responsibilities of independent directors; and

        (d) any other relevant information.

        Obligations with respect to directors and senior management

        26. (1) A director shall not be a member in more than ten committees or act as chairperson of more than five committees across all listed entities in which he is a director which shall be determined as follows:

        (a) the limit of the committees on which a director may serve in all public limited companies, whether listed or not, shall be included and all other companies including private limited companies, foreign companies and companies under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 shall be excluded;

        (b) for the purpose of determination of limit, chairpersonship and membership of the audit committee and the Stakeholders' Relationship Committee alone shall be considered.

        (2) Every director shall inform the listed entity about the committee positions he or she occupies in other listed entities and notify changes as and when they take place.

        (3) All members of the board of directors and senior management personnel shall affirm compliance with the code of conduct of board of directors and senior management on an annual basis.

        (4) Non-executive directors shall disclose their shareholding, held either by them or on a beneficial basis for any other persons in the listed entity in which they are proposed to be appointed as directors, in the notice to the general meeting called for appointment of such director.

        (5) Senior management shall make disclosures to the board of directors relating to all material, financial and commercial transactions, where they have personal interest that may have a potential conflict with the interest of the listed entity at large.

        Explanation.- For the purpose of this sub-regulation, conflict of interest relates to dealing in the shares of listed entity, commercial dealings with bodies, which have shareholding of management and their relatives etc.

        Other corporate governance requirements

        27. (1) The listed entity may, at its discretion, comply with requirements as specified in Part E of Schedule II.

        (2) (a) The listed entity shall submit a quarterly compliance report on corporate governance in the format as specified by the Board from time to time to the recognised stock exchange(s) within fifteen days from close of the quarter.

        (b) Details of all material transactions with related parties shall be disclosed along with the report mentioned in clause (a) of sub-regulation (2).

        (c) The report mentioned in clause (a) of sub-regulation (2) shall be signed either by the compliance officer or the chief executive officer of the listed entity.

        In-principle approval of recognized stock exchange(s)

        28. (1) The listed entity, before issuing securities, shall obtain an ‘in-principle’ approval from recognised stock exchange(s) in the following manner:

        (a) where the securities are listed only on recognised stock exchange(s) having nationwide trading terminals, from all such stock exchange(s);

        (b) where the securities are not listed on any recognised stock exchange having nationwide trading terminals, from all the stock exchange(s) in which the securities of the issuer are proposed to be listed;

        (c) where the securities are listed on recognised stock exchange(s) having nationwide trading terminals as well as on the recognised stock exchange(s) not having nationwide trading terminals, from all recognized stock exchange(s) having nationwide trading terminals.

        (2) The requirement of obtaining in-principle approval from recognised stock exchange(s), shall not be applicable for securities issued pursuant to the scheme of arrangement for which the listed entity has already obtained No-Objection Letter from recognised stock exchange(s) in accordance with regulation 37.

        Prior Intimations

        29. (1) The listed entity shall give prior intimation to stock exchange about the meeting of the board of directors in which any of the following proposals is due to be considered:

        (a) financial results viz. quarterly, half yearly, or annual, as the case may be;

        (b) proposal for buyback of securities;

        (c) proposal for voluntary delisting by the listed entity from the stock exchange(s);

        (d) fund raising by way of further public offer, rights issue, American Depository Receipts/Global Depository Receipts/Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds, qualified institutions placement, debt issue, preferential issue or any other method and for determination of issue price:

        Provided that intimation shall also be given in case of any annual general meeting or extraordinary general meeting or postal ballot that is proposed to be held for obtaining shareholder approval for further fund raising indicating type of issuance.

        (e) declaration/recommendation of dividend, issue of convertible securities including convertible debentures or of debentures carrying a right to subscribe to equity shares or the passing over of dividend.

        (f) the proposal for declaration of bonus securities where such proposal is communicated to the board of directors of the listed entity as part of the agenda papers:

        Provided that in case the declaration of bonus by the listed entity is not on the agenda of the meeting of board of directors, prior intimation is not required to be given to the stock exchange(s).

        (2) The intimation required under sub-regulation (1), shall be given at least two working days in advance, excluding the date of the intimation and date of the meeting:

        Provided that intimation regarding item specified in clause (a) of sub-regulation (1), to be discussed at the meeting of board of directors shall be given at least five days in advance (excluding the date of the intimation and date of the meeting), and such intimation shall include the date of such meeting of board of directors.

        (3) The listed entity shall give intimation to the stock exchange(s) at least eleven working days before any of the following proposal is placed before the board of directors –

        (a) any alteration in the form or nature of any of its securities that are listed on the stock exchange or in the rights or privileges of the holders thereof.

        (b) any alteration in the date on which, the interest on debentures or bonds, or the redemption amount of redeemable shares or of debentures or bonds, shall be payable.

        Disclosure of events or information

        30. (1) Every listed entity shall make disclosures of any events or information which, in the opinion of the board of directors of the listed company, is material.

        (2) Events specified in Para A of Part A of Schedule III are deemed to be material events and listed entity shall make disclosure of such events.

        (3) The listed entity shall make disclosure of events specified in Para B of Part A of Schedule III, based on application of the guidelines for materiality, as specified in sub-regulation (4).

        (4) (i) The listed entity shall consider the following criteria for determination of materiality of events/ information:

        (a) the omission of an event or information, which is likely to result in discontinuity or alteration of event or information already available publicly; or

        (b)the omission of an event or information is likely to result in significant market reaction if the said omission came to light at a later date;

        (c)In case where the criteria specified in sub-clauses (a) and (b) are not applicable, an event/information may be treated as being material if in the opinion of the board of directors of listed entity, the event / information is considered material.

        (ii) The listed entity shall frame a policy for determination of materiality, based on criteria specified in this sub-regulation, duly approved by its board of directors, which shall be disclosed on its website.

        (5) The board of directors of the listed entity shall authorize one or more Key Managerial Personnel for the purpose of determining materiality of an event or information and for the purpose of making disclosures to stock exchange(s) under this regulation and the contact details of such personnel shall be also disclosed to the stock exchange(s) and as well as on the listed entity's website.

        (6) The listed entity shall first disclose to stock exchange(s) of all events, as specified in Part A of Schedule III, or information as soon as reasonably possible and not later than twenty four hours from the occurrence of event or information:

        Provided that in case the disclosure is made after twenty four hours of occurrence of the event or information, the listed entity shall, along with such disclosures provide explanation for delay:

        Provided further that disclosure with respect to events specified in sub-para 4 of Para A of Part A of Schedule III shall be made within thirty minutes of the conclusion of the board meeting.

        (7) The listed entity shall, with respect to disclosures referred to in this regulation, make disclosures updating material developments on a regular basis, till such time the event is resolved/closed, with relevant explanations.

        (8) The listed entity shall disclose on its website all such events or information which has been disclosed to stock exchange(s) under this regulation, and such disclosures shall be hosted on the website of the listed entity for a minimum period of five years and thereafter as per the archival policy of the listed entity, as disclosed on its website.

        (9) The listed entity shall disclose all events or information with respect to subsidiaries which are material for the listed entity.

        (10) The listed entity shall provide specific and adequate reply to all queries raised by stock exchange(s) with respect to any events or information:

        Provided that the stock exchange(s) shall disseminate information andclarification as soon as reasonably practicable.

        (11) The listed entity may on its own initiative also, confirm or deny any reported event or information to stock exchange(s).

        (12) In case where an event occurs or an information is available with the listed entity, which has not been indicated in Para A or B of Part A of Schedule III, but which may have material effect on it, the listed entity is required to make adequate disclosures in regard thereof.

        Holding of specified securities and shareholding pattern

        31. (1) The listed entity shall submit to the stock exchange(s) a statement showing holding of securities and shareholding pattern separately for each class of securities, in the format specified by the Board from time to time within the following timelines –

        (a) one day prior to listing of its securities on the stock exchange(s);

        (b) on a quarterly basis, within twenty one days from the end of each quarter; and,

        (c) within ten days of any capital restructuring of the listed entity resulting in a change exceeding two per cent of the total paid-up share capital:

        Provided that in case of listed entities which have listed their specified securities on SME Exchange, the above statements shall be submitted on a half yearly basis within twenty one days from the end of each half year.

        (2) The listed entity shall ensure that hundred percent of shareholding of promoter(s) and promoter group is in dematerialized form and the same is maintained on a continuous basis in the manner as specified by the Board.

        (3) The listed entity shall comply with circulars or directions issued by the Board from time to time with respect to maintenance of shareholding in dematerialized form.

        Disclosure of Class of shareholders and Conditions for Reclassification

        31A. (1) All entities falling under promoter and promoter group shall be disclosed separately in the shareholding pattern appearing on the website of all stock exchanges having nationwide trading terminals where the specified securities of the entity are listed, in accordance with the formats specified by SEBI.

        (2) The stock exchange, specified in sub-regulation (1), shall allow modification or reclassification of the status of the shareholders, only upon receipt of a request from the concerned listed entity or the concerned shareholders along with all relevant evidence and on being satisfied with the compliance of conditions mentioned in this regulation.

        (3) In case of entities listed on more than one stock exchange, the concerned stock exchanges shall jointly decide on the application of the entity/ shareholders, as specified in sub-regulation(2).

        (4) In case of transmission/succession/inheritance, the inheritor shall be classified as promoter.

        (5) When a new promoter replaces the previous promoter subsequent to an open offer or in any other manner, re-classification may be permitted subject to approval of shareholders in the general meeting and compliance of the following conditions:

        (a)Such promoter along with the promoter group and the Persons Acting in Concert shall not hold more than ten per cent of the paid-up equity capital of the entity.

        (b) Such promoter shall not continue to have any special rights through formal or informal arrangements. All shareholding agreements granting special rights to such entities shall be terminated.

        (c) Such promoters and their relatives shall not act as key managerial person for a period of more than three years from the date of shareholders’ approval:

        Provided that the resolution of the said shareholders' meeting must specifically grant approval for such promoter to act as key managerial person.

        (6) Where an entity becomes professionally managed and does not have any identifiable promoter the existing promoters may be re-classified as public shareholders subject to approval of the shareholders in a general meeting.

        Explanation- For the purposes of this sub-regulation an entity may be considered as professionally managed, if-

        (i) No person or group along with persons acting in concert taken together shall hold more than one per cent paid-up equity capital of the entity including any holding of convertibles/outstanding warrants/ Depository Receipts:

        Provided that any mutual fund, bank, insurance company, financial institution, foreign portfolio investor may individually hold up to ten percent paid-up equity capital of the entity including any holding of convertibles/outstanding warrants/Depository Receipts.

        (ii) The promoters seeking reclassification and their relatives may act as key managerial personnel in the entity only subject to shareholders’ approval and for a period not exceeding three years from the date of shareholders’ approval.

        (iii) The promoter seeking reclassification along with his promoter group entities and the persons acting in concert shall not have any special right through formal or informal arrangements. All shareholding agreements granting special rights to such outgoing entities shall be terminated.

        (7) Without prejudice to sub-regulations (5) and (6), re-classification of promoter as public shareholders shall be subject to the following conditions:

        (a) Such promoter shall not, directly or indirectly, exercise control, over the affairs of the entity.

        (b) Increase in the level of public shareholding pursuant to re-classification of promoter shall not be counted towards achieving compliance with minimum public shareholding requirement under rule 19A of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957, and the provisions of these regulations.

        (c) The event of re-classification shall be disclosed to the stock exchanges as a material event in accordance with the provisions of these regulations.

        (d) Board may relax any condition for re-classification in specific cases, if it is satisfied about non-exercise of control by the outgoing promoter or its persons acting in concert.

        (8) If any public shareholder seeks to re-classify itself as promoter, it shall be required to make an open offer in accordance with the provisions of SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011.

        Statement of deviation(s) or variation(s)

        32. (1) The listed entity shall submit to the stock exchange the following statement(s) on a quarterly basis for public issue, rights issue, preferential issue etc.,-

        (a) indicating deviations, if any, in the use of proceeds from the objects stated in the offer document or explanatory statement to the notice for the general meeting, as applicable;

        (b) indicating category wise variation (capital expenditure, sales and marketing, working capital etc.) between projected utilisation of funds made by it in its offer document or explanatory statement to the notice for the general meeting, as applicable and the actual utilisation of funds.

        (2) The statement(s) specified in sub-regulation (1), shall be continued to be given till such time the issue proceeds have been fully utilised or the purpose for which these proceeds were raised has been achieved.

        (3) The statement(s) specified in sub-regulation (1), shall be placed before the audit committee for review and after such review, shall be submitted to the stock exchange(s).

        (4) The listed entity shall furnish an explanation for the variation specified in sub-regulation (1), in the directors’ report in the annual report.

        (5) The listed entity shall prepare an annual statement of funds utilized for purposes other than those stated in the offer document/prospectus/notice, certified by the statutory auditors of the listed entity, and place it before the audit committee till such time the full money raised through the issue has been fully utilized.

        (6) Where the listed entity has appointed a monitoring agency to monitor utilisation of proceeds of a public or rights issue, the listed entity shall submit to the stock exchange(s) any comments or report received from the monitoring agency.

        (7) Where the listed entity has appointed a monitoring agency to monitor the utilisation of proceeds of a public or rights issue, the monitoring report of such agency shall be placed before the audit committee on an annual basis, promptly upon its receipt.

        Explanation - For the purpose of this sub-regulation, “monitoring agency” shall mean the monitoring agency specified in regulation 16 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009.

        (8) For the purpose of this regulation, any reference to “quarterly/quarter” in case of listed entity which have listed their specified securities on SME Exchange shall respectively be read as “half yearly/half year”.

        Financial results

        33. (1) While preparing financial results, the listed entity shall comply with the following:

        (a) The financial results shall be prepared on the basis of accrual accounting policy and shall be in accordance with uniform accounting practices adopted for all the periods.

        (b) The quarterly and year to date results shall be prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement principles laid down in Accounting Standard 25 or Indian Accounting Standard 31 (AS 25/ Ind AS 34 – Interim Financial Reporting), as applicable, specified in Section 133 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with relevant rules framed thereunder or as specified by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, whichever is applicable.

        (c) The standalone financial results and consolidated financial results shall be prepared as per Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in India:

        Provided that in addition to the above, the listed entity may also submit the financial results, as per the International Financial Reporting Standards notified by the International Accounting Standards Board.

        (d) The listed entity shall ensure that the limited review or audit reports submitted to the stock exchange(s) on a quarterly or annual basis are to be given only by an auditor who has subjected himself to the peer review process of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds a valid certificate issued by the Peer Review Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

        (e) The listed entity shall make the disclosures specified in Part A of Schedule IV.

        (2) The approval and authentication of the financial results shall be done by listed entity in the following manner:

        (a) The quarterly financial results submitted shall be approved by the board of directors:

        Provided that while placing the financial results before the board of directors, the chief executive officer and chief financial officer of the listed entity shall certify that the financial results do not contain any false or misleading statement or figures and do not omit any material fact which may make the statements or figures contained therein misleading.

        (b) The financial results submitted to the stock exchange shall be signed by the chairperson or managing director, or a whole time director or in the absence of all of them; it shall be signed by any other director of the listed entity who is duly authorized by the board of directors to sign the financial results.

        (c) The limited review report shall be placed before the board of directors, at its meeting which approves the financial results, before being submitted to the stock exchange(s).

        (d) The annual audited financial results shall be approved by the board of directors of the listed entity and shall be signed in the manner specified in clause (b) of sub-regulation (2).

        (3) The listed entity shall submit the financial results in the following manner:

        (a) The listed entity shall submit quarterly and year-to-date standalone financial results to the stock exchange within forty-five days of end of each quarter, other than the last quarter.

        (b) In case the listed entity has subsidiaries, in addition to the requirement at clause (a) of sub-regulation (3), the listed entity may also submit quarterly/year-to-date consolidated financial results subject to following:

        (i) the listed entity shall intimate to the stock exchange, whether or not listed entity opts to additionally submit quarterly/year-to-date consolidated financial results in the first quarter of the financial year and this option shall not be changed during the financial year.

        Provided that this option shall also be applicable to listed entity that is required to prepare consolidated financial results for the first time at the end of a financial year in respect of the quarter during the financial year in which the listed entity first acquires the subsidiary.

        (ii) in case the listed entity changes its option in any subsequent year, it shall furnish comparable figures for the previous year in accordance with the option exercised for the current financial year.

        (c) The quarterly and year-to-date financial results may be either audited or unaudited subject to the following:

        (i) In case the listed entity opts to submit unaudited financial results, they shall be subject to limited review by the statutory auditors of the listed entity and shall be accompanied by the limited review report.

        Provided that in case of public sector undertakings this limited review may be undertaken by any practicing Chartered Accountant.

        (ii) In case the listed entity opts to submit audited financial results, they shall be accompanied by the audit report.

        (d) The listed entity shall submit *annual(inserted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001.) audited standalone financial results for the financial year, within sixty days from the end of the financial year along with the audit report and either Form A (for audit report with unmodified opinion) or Form B (“Statement on Impact of Audit Qualifications (applicable only)”)*substituted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001.

        Provided that if the listed entity has subsidiaries, it shall, while submitting annual audited standalone financial results also submit annual audited consolidated financial results along with the audit report and either Form A (for audit report with unmodified opinion) or Form B(“Statement on Impact of Audit Qualifications (applicable only)”)*substituted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001.

        “Provided further that, in case of audit reports with unmodified opinion(s), the listed entity shall furnish a declaration to that effect to the Stock Exchange(s) while publishing the annual audited financial results.”;Inserted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001.

        (e) The listed entity shall also submit the audited financial results in respect of the last quarter along-with the results for the entire financial year, with a note stating that the figures of last quarter are the balancing figures between audited figures in respect of the full financial year and the published year-to-date figures upto the third quarter of the current financial year.

        (f) The listed entity shall also submit as part of its standalone or consolidated financial results for the half year, by way of a note, a statement of assets and liabilities as at the end of the half-year.

        (4) *Statement on Impact of Audit Qualifications (for audit report with modified opinion) shall be in the manner as specified by the Board from time to time (omitted vide Notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001.).*substituted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001.

        (5) For the purpose of this regulation, any reference to “quarterly/quarter” in case of listed entity which has listed their specified securities on SME Exchange shall be respectively read as “half yearly/half year” and the requirement of submitting ‘year-to-date’ financial results shall not be applicable for a listed entity which has listed their specified securities on SME Exchange.

        (6) The *Statement on Impact of Audit Qualifications (for audit report with modified opinion) and the accompanying annual audit report submitted in terms of clause (d) of sub-regulation (3) shall be reviewed by the stock exchange(s) and Qualified Audit Report Review Committee in manner as specified in Schedule VIII.*substituted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001

        (7) The listed entity shall on the direction issued by the Board, carry out the necessary steps, for rectification of modified opinion and/or submission of revised pro-forma financial results, in the manner specified in Schedule VIII.(omitted vide Notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001.)

        Annual Report

        34. (1) The listed entity shall submit the annual report to the stock exchange within twenty one working days of it being approved and adopted in the annual general meeting as per the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013.

        (2) The annual report shall contain the following:

        (a) audited financial statements i.e. balance sheets, profit and loss accounts etc*and Statement on Impact of Audit Qualifications as stipulated in regulation 33(3)(d), if applicable; *substituted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001

        (b) consolidated financial statements audited by its statutory auditors;

        (c) cash flow statement presented only under the indirect method as prescribed in Accounting Standard-3 or Indian Accounting Standard 7, as applicable, specified in Section 133 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with relevant rules framed thereunder or as specified by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, whichever is applicable;

        (d) directors report;

        (e) management discussion and analysis report - either as a part of directors report or addition thereto;

        (f) for the top hundred listed entities based on market capitalization (calculated as on March 31 of every financial year), business responsibility report describing the initiatives taken by them from an environmental, social and governance perspective, in the format as specified by the Board from time to time:

        Provided that listed entities other than top 100 listed companies based on market capitalization and listed entities which have listed their specified securities on SME Exchange, may include these business responsibility reports on a voluntary basis in the format as specified.

        (3) The annual report shall contain any other disclosures specified in Companies Act, 2013 along with other requirements as specified in Schedule V of these regulations.

        Annual Information Memorandum

        35. The listed entity shall submit to the stock exchange(s) an Annual Information Memorandum in the manner specified by the Board from time to time.

        Documents & Information to shareholders

        36. (1) The listed entity shall send the annual report in the following manner to the shareholders:

        (a) Soft copies of full annual report to all those shareholder(s) who have registered their email address(es) for the purpose;

        (b) Hard copy of statement containing the salient features of all the documents, as prescribed in Section 136 of Companies Act, 2013 or rules made thereunder to those shareholder(s) who have not so registered;

        (c) Hard copies of full annual reports to those shareholders, who request for the same.

        (2) The listed entity shall send annual report referred to in sub-regulation (1), to the holders of securities, not less than twenty-one days before the annual general meeting.

         (3) In case of the appointment of a new director or re-appointment of a director the shareholders must be provided with the following information:

        (a) a brief resume of the director;

        (b) nature of his expertise in specific functional areas;

        (c) disclosure of relationships between directors inter-se;

        (d) names of listed entities in which the person also holds the directorship and the membership of Committees of the board; and

        (e) shareholding of non-executive directors.

        Draft Scheme of Arrangement & Scheme of Arrangement

        37. (1) Without prejudice to provisions of regulation 11, the listed entity desirous of undertaking a scheme of arrangement or involved in a scheme of arrangement, shall file the draft scheme of arrangement, proposed to be filed before any Court or Tribunal under sections 391-394 and 101 of the Companies Act, 1956 or under Sections 230-234 and Section 66 of Companies Act, 2013, whichever applicable, with the stock exchange(s) for obtaining Observation Letter or No-objection letter, before filing such scheme with any Court or Tribunal, in terms of requirements specified by the Board or stock exchange(s) from time to time.

        (2) The listed entity shall not file any scheme of arrangement under sections 391-394 and 101 of the Companies Act, 1956 or under Sections 230-234 and Section 66 of Companies Act, 2013, whichever applicable, with any Court or Tribunal unless it has obtained observation letter or No-objection letter from the stock exchange(s).

        (3) The listed entity shall place the Observation letter or No-objection letter of the stock exchange(s) before the Court or Tribunal at the time of seeking approval of the scheme of arrangement:

        Provided that the validity of the ‘Observation Letter’ or No-objection letter of stock exchanges shall be six months from the date of issuance, within which the draft scheme of arrangement shall be submitted to the Court or Tribunal.

        (4) The listed entity shall ensure compliance with the other requirements as may be prescribed by the Board from time to time.

        (5) Upon sanction of the Scheme by the Court or Tribunal, the listed entity shall submit the documents, to the stock exchange(s), as prescribed by the Board and/or stock exchange(s) from time to time.

        Minimum Public Shareholding

        38.The listed entity shall comply with the minimum public shareholding requirements specified in Rule 19(2) and Rule 19A of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957 in the manner as specified by the Board from time to time:

        Provided that provisions of this regulation shall not apply to entities listed on institutional trading platform without making a public issue.

        Issuance of Certificates or Receipts/Letters/Advices for securities and dealing with unclaimed securities

        39. (1) The listed entity shall comply with Rule 19(3) of Securities Contract (Regulations) Rules, 1957 in respect of Letter/Advices of Allotment, Acceptance or Rights, transfers, subdivision, consolidation, renewal, exchanges, issuance of duplicates thereof or any other purpose.

        (2) The listed entity shall issue certificates or receipts or advices, as applicable, of subdivision, split, consolidation, renewal, exchanges, endorsements, issuance of duplicates thereof or issuance of new certificates or receipts or advices, as applicable, in cases of loss or old decrepit or worn out certificates or receipts or advices, as applicable within a period of thirty days from the date of such lodgement.

        (3) The listed entity shall submit information regarding loss of share certificates and issue of the duplicate certificates, to the stock exchange within two days of its getting information.

        (4) The listed entity shall comply with the procedural requirements specified in Schedule VI while dealing with securities issued pursuant to the public issue or any other issue, physical or otherwise, which remain unclaimed and/or are lying in the escrow account, as applicable.

        Transfer or transmission or transposition of securities

        40. (1) Save as otherwise specified in provisions of securities laws or Companies Act, 2013 and rules made thereunder, the listed entity shall also comply with the requirements as specified in this regulation for effecting transfer of securities.

        (2) The board of directors of a listed entity may delegate the power of transfer of securities to a committee or to compliance officer or to the registrar to an issue and/or share transfer agent(s):

        Provided that the board of directors and/or the delegated authority shall attend to the formalities pertaining to transfer of securities at least once in a fortnight:

        Provided further that the delegated authority shall report on transfer of securities to the board of directors in each meeting.

        (3) On receipt of proper documentation, the listed entity shall register transfers of its securities in the name of the transferee(s) and issue certificates or receipts or advices, as applicable, of transfers; or issue any valid objection or intimation to the transferee or transferor, as the case may be, within a period of fifteen days from the date of such receipt of request for transfer:

        Provided that the listed entity shall ensure that transmission requests are processed for securities held in dematerialized mode and physical mode within seven days and twenty one days respectively, after receipt of the specified documents:

        Provided further that proper verifiable dated records of all correspondence with the investor shall be maintained by the listed entity.

        (4) The listed entity shall not register transfer when any statutory prohibition or any attachment or prohibitory order of a competent authority restrains it from transferring the securities from the name of the transferor(s).

        (5) The listed entity shall not register the transfer of its securities in the name of the transferee(s) when the transferor(s) objects to the transfer:

        Provided that the transferor serves on the listed entity, within sixty working days of raising the objection, a prohibitory order of a Court of competent jurisdiction.

        (6) The listed entity shall not decline to, register or acknowledge any transfer of shares, on the ground of the transferor(s) being either alone or jointly with any other person or persons indebted to the listed entity on any account whatsoever.

        (7) The listed entity shall comply with all procedural requirements as specified in Schedule VII with respect to transfer of securities.

        (8) In case the listed entity has not effected transfer of securities within fifteen days or where the listed entity has failed to communicate to the transferee(s) any valid objection to the transfer, within the stipulated time period of fifteen days, the listed entity shall compensate the aggrieved party for the opportunity losses caused during the period of the delay:

        Provided that during the intervening period on account of delay in transfer above, the listed entity shall provide all benefits, which have accrued, to the holder of securities in terms of provisions of Section 126 of Companies Act, 2013, and Section 27 of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956:

        Provided further that in case of any claim, difference or dispute under this sub-regulation the same shall be referred to and decided by arbitration as provided in the bye-laws and/or regulations of the stock exchange(s).

        (9) The listed entity shall ensure that the share transfer agent and/or the in-house share transfer facility, as the case may be, produces a certificate from a practicing company secretary within one month of the end of each half of the financial year, certifying that all certificates have been issued within thirty days of the date of lodgement for transfer, sub-division, consolidation, renewal, exchange or endorsement of calls/allotment monies.

        (10) The listed entity shall ensure that certificate mentioned at sub-regulation (9), shall be filed with the stock exchange(s) simultaneously.

        (11) In addition to transfer of securities, the provisions of this regulation shall also apply to the following:

        (a) deletion of name of the deceased holder(s) of securities, where the securities are held in the name of two or more holders of securities ;

        (b) transmission of securities to the legal heir(s), where deceased holder of securities was the sole holder of securities;

        (c) transposition of securities, when there is a change in the order of names in which physical securities are held jointly in the names of two or more holders of securities.

        Other provisions relating to securities

        41. (1) The listed entity shall not exercise a lien on its fully paid shares and that in respect of partly paid shares it shall not exercise any lien except in respect of moneys called or payable at a fixed time in respect of such shares.

        (2) The listed entity shall, in case of any amount to be paid in advance of calls on any shares stipulate that such amount may carry interest but shall not in respect thereof confer a right to dividend or to participate in profits.

        (3) The listed entity shall not issue shares in any manner which may confer on any person, superior rights as to voting or dividend vis-à-vis the rights on equity shares that are already listed.

        (4) The listed entity shall, issue or offer in the first instance all shares (including forfeited shares), securities, rights, privileges and benefits to subscribe pro rata basis , to the equity shareholders of the listed entity, unless the shareholders in the general meeting decide otherwise.

        (5) Unless the terms of issue otherwise provide, the listed entity shall not select any of its listed securities for redemption otherwise than on pro-rata basis or by lot.

        Record Date or Date of closure of transfer books

        42. (1) The listed entity shall intimate the record date to all the stock exchange(s) where it is listed for the following purposes:

        (a) declaration of dividend;

        (b) issue of right or bonus shares;

        (c) issue of shares for conversion of debentures or any other convertible security;

        (d) shares arising out of rights attached to debentures or any other convertible security

        (e) corporate actions like mergers, de-mergers, splits and bonus shares, where stock derivatives are available on the stock of listed entity or where

        listed entity's stocks form part of an index on which derivatives are available;

        (f) such other purposes as may be specified by the stock exchange(s).

        (2) The listed entity shall give notice in advance of atleast seven working days (excluding the date of intimation and the record date) to stock exchange(s) of record date specifying the purpose of the record date.

        (3) The listed entity shall recommend or declare all dividend and/or cash bonuses at least five working days (excluding the date of intimation and the record date) before the record date fixed for the purpose.

        (4) The listed entity shall ensure the time gap of at least thirty days between two record dates.

        (5) For securities held in physical form, the listed entity may, announce dates of closure of its transfer books in place of record date for complying with requirements as specified in sub-regulations (1) to (4):

        Provided that the listed entity shall ensure that there is a time gap of atleast thirty days between two dates of closure of its transfer books.

        Dividends

        43. (1) The listed entity shall declare and disclose the dividend on per share basis only.

        (2) The listed entity shall not forfeit unclaimed dividends before the claim becomes barred by law and such forfeiture, if effected, shall be annulled in appropriate cases.

        *“Dividend Distribution Policy.

        43A. (1) The top five hundred listed entities based on market capitalization (calculated as on March 31 of every financial year) shall formulate a dividend distribution policy which shall be disclosed in their annual reports and on their websites.
        (2) The dividend distribution policy shall include the following parameters:

        (a) the circumstances under which the shareholders of the listed entities may or may not expect dividend;

        (b) the financial parameters that shall be considered while declaring dividend;

        (c) internal and external factors that shall be considered for declaration of dividend;

        (d) policy as to how the retained earnings shall be utilized; and

        (e) parameters that shall be adopted with regard to various classes of shares:
        Provided that if the listed entity proposes to declare dividend on the basis of parameters in addition to clauses (a) to (e) or proposes to change such additional parameters or then dividend distribution policy contained in any of the parameters, it shall disclose such changes along with the rationale for the same in its annual report and on its website.

        (3) The listed entities other than top five hundred listed entities based on market capitalization may disclose their dividend distribution policies on a voluntary basis in their annual reports and on their websites.” inserted vide SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/008 dated 08.07.2016

        Voting by shareholders

        44. (1) The listed entity shall provide the facility of remote e-voting facility to its shareholders, in respect of all shareholders' resolutions.

        (2) The e-voting facility to be provided to shareholders in terms of sub-regulation (1), shall be provided in compliance with the conditions specified under the Companies (Management and Administration) Rules, 2014, or amendments made thereto.

        (3) The listed entity shall submit to the stock exchange, within forty eight hours of conclusion of its General Meeting, details regarding the voting results in the format specified by the Board.

        (4) The listed entity shall send proxy forms to holders of securities in all cases mentioning that a holder may vote either for or against each resolution.

        Change in name of the listed entity

        45. (1) The listed entity shall be allowed to change its name subject to compliance with the following conditions:

        (a) a time period of at least one year has elapsed from the last name change;

        (b) at least fifty percent. of the total revenue in the preceding one year period has been accounted for by the new activity suggested by the new name; or

        (c) the amount invested in the new activity/project is atleast fifty percent. of the assets of the listed entity:

        Provided that if any listed entity has changed its activities which are not reflected in its name, it shall change its name in line with its activities within a period of six months from the change of activities in compliance of provisions as applicable to change of name prescribed under Companies Act, 2013.

        Explanation- For the purpose of this regulation, -

        (i) 'assets' of the listed entity means the sum of fixed assets, advances, works in Progress / Inventories, investments, trade receivables, cash & cash equivalents;

        (ii) ‘advances’ shall include only those amounts extended to contractors and suppliers towards execution of project, specific to new activity as reflected in the new name.

        (2) On satisfaction of conditions at sub-regulation (1), the listed entity shall file an application for name availability with Registrar of Companies.

        (3) On receipt of confirmation regarding name availability from Registrar of Companies, before filing the request for change of name with the Registrar of Companies in terms of provisions laid down in Companies Act, 2013 and rules made thereunder, the listed entity shall seek approval from Stock Exchange by submitting a certificate from chartered accountant stating compliance with conditions at sub-regulation (1).

        Website

        46. (1) The listed entity shall maintain a functional website containing the basic information about the listed entity.

        (2) The listed entity shall disseminate the following information on its website:

        (a)details of its business;

        (b)terms and conditions of appointment of independent directors;

        (c)composition of various committees of board of directors;

        (d)code of conduct of board of directors and senior management personnel;

        (e)details of establishment of vigil mechanism/ Whistle Blower policy;

        (f) criteria of making payments to non-executive directors , if the same has not been disclosed in annual report;

        (g)policy on dealing with related party transactions;

        (h)policy for determining ‘material’ subsidiaries;

        (i) details of familiarization programmes imparted to independent directors including the following details:-

        (i) number of programmes attended by independent directors (during the year and on a cumulative basis till date),

        (ii)number of hours spent by independent directors in such programmes (during the year and on cumulative basis till date), and

        (iii) other relevant details

        (j) the email address for grievance redressal and other relevant details;

        (k) contact information of the designated officials of the listed entity who are responsible for assisting and handling investor grievances;

        (l) financial information including:

        (i) notice of meeting of the board of directors where financial results shall be discussed;

        (ii)financial results, on conclusion of the meeting of the board of directors where the financial results were approved;

        (iii) complete copy of the annual report including balance sheet, profit and loss account, directors report, corporate governance report etc;

        (m) shareholding pattern;

        (n) details of agreements entered into with the media companies and/or their associates, etc;

        (o) schedule of analyst or institutional investor meet and presentations made by the listed entity to analysts or institutional investors simultaneously with submission to stock exchange;

        (p) new name and the old name of the listed entity for a continuous period of one year, from the date of the last name change;

        (q) items in sub-regulation (1) of regulation 47 .

        (3) (a) The listed entity shall ensure that the contents of the website are correct.

        (b) The listed entity shall update any change in the content of its website within two working days from the date of such change in content.

        Advertisements in Newspapers

        47. (1) The listed entity shall publish the following information in the newspaper:

        (a)notice of meeting of the board of directors where financial results shall be discussed.

        (b) financial results, as specified in regulation 33, along-with the modified opinion(s) or reservation(s), if any, expressed by the auditor

        Provided that if the listed entity has submitted both standalone and consolidated financial results, the listed entity shall publish consolidated financial results along-with (1) Turnover, (2) Profit before tax and (3) Profit after tax, on a stand-alone basis, as a foot note; and a reference to the places, such as the website of listed entity and stock exchange(s), where the standalone results of the listed entity are available.

        (c)statements of deviation(s) or variation(s) as specified in sub-regulation (1) of regulation 32 on quarterly basis, after review by audit committee and its explanation in directors report in annual report;

        (d) notices given to shareholders by advertisement.

        (2) The listed entity shall give a reference in the newspaper publication, in sub-regulation (1), to link of the website of listed entity and stock exchange(s), where further details are available.

        (3) The listed entity shall publish the information specified in sub-regulation (1) in the newspaper simultaneously with the submission of the same to the stock exchange(s).

        Provided that financial results at clause (b) of sub-regulation (1), shall be published within 48 hours of conclusion of the meeting of board of directors at which the financial results were approved.

        (4) The information at sub-regulation (1) shall be published in at least one English language national daily newspaper circulating in the whole or substantially the whole of India and in one daily newspaper published in the language of the region, where the registered office of the listed entity is situated:

        Provided that the requirements of this regulation shall not be applicable in case of listed entities which have listed their specified securities on SME Exchange.

        Accounting Standards

        48. The listed entity shall comply with all the applicable and notified Accounting Standards from time to time.

    • Chapter V- Obligations Of Listed Entity Which Has Listed Its Non-Convertible Debt Securities Or Non-Convertible Redeemable Preference Shares Or Both

        OBLIGATIONS OF LISTED ENTITY WHICH HAS LISTED ITS NON-CONVERTIBLE DEBT SECURITIES OR NON-CONVERTIBLE REDEEMABLE PREFERENCE SHARES OR BOTH

        Applicability

        49. (1) The provisions of this chapter shall apply only to a listed entity which has listed its ‘Non-convertible Debt Securities’ and/or ‘Non-Convertible Redeemable Preference Shares’ on a recognised stock exchange in accordance with Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Debt Securities) Regulations, 2008 or Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Non-Convertible Redeemable Preference Shares) Regulations, 2013 respectively.

        (2) The provisions of this chapter shall also be applicable to “perpetual debt instrument” and "perpetual non-cumulative preference share” listed by banks.

        Explanation (1).- For the purpose of this chapter, “Bank" means any bank included in the Second Schedule to the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.

        Explanation (2).- For the purpose of this chapter, if the listed entity has listed its non-convertible redeemable preference shares:

        (i) The reference to “interest” may also read as dividend;

        (ii) The provisions concerning debenture trustees and security creation (or asset cover or charge on assets) shall not be applicable for “non-convertible redeemable preference shares”

        Intimation to stock exchange(s)

        50. (1) The listed entity shall give prior intimation to the stock exchange(s) at least eleven working days before the date on and from which the interest on debentures and bonds, and redemption amount of redeemable shares or of debentures and bonds shall be payable.

        (2) The listed entity shall intimate the stock exchange(s), its intention to raise funds through new non-convertible debt securities or non-convertible redeemable preference shares it proposes to list either through a public issue or on private placement basis, prior to issuance of such securities:

        Provided that the above intimation may be given prior to the meeting of board of directors wherein the proposal to raise funds through new non convertible debt securities or non-convertible redeemable preference shares shall be considered.

        (3) The listed entity shall intimate to the stock exchange(s), at least two working days in advance, excluding the date of the intimation and date of the meeting, regarding the meeting of its board of directors, at which the recommendation or declaration of issue of non convertible debt securities or any other matter affecting the rights or interests of holders of non convertible debt securities or non convertible redeemable preference shares is proposed to be considered.

        Disclosure of information having bearing on performance/operation of listed entity and/or price sensitive information.

        51. (1) The listed entity shall promptly inform the stock exchange(s) of all information having bearing on the performance/operation of the listed entity, price sensitive information or any action that shall affect payment of interest or dividend of non-convertible preference shares or redemption of non convertible debt securities or redeemable preference shares.

        Explanation.- The expression ‘promptly inform’, shall imply that the stock exchange must be informed as soon as practically possible and without any delay and that the information shall be given first to the stock exchange(s) before providing the same to any third party.

        (2) Without prejudice to the generality of sub-regulation(1), the listed entity who has issued or is issuing non convertible debt securities and/or non-convertible redeemable preference shares shall make disclosures as specified in Part B of Schedule III.

        Financial Results

        52. (1)The listed entity shall prepare and submit un-audited or audited financial results on a half yearly basis in the format as specified by the Board within forty five days from the end of the half year to the recognised stock exchange(s).

        (2) The listed entity shall comply with following requirements with respect to preparation, approval, authentication and publication of annual and half-yearly financial results:

        (a) Un-audited financial results shall be accompanied by limited review report prepared by the statutory auditors of the listed entity or in case of public sector undertakings, by any practising Chartered Accountant, in the format as specified by the Board:

        Provided that if the listed entity intimates in advance to the stock exchange(s) that it shall submit to the stock exchange(s) its annual audited results within sixty days from the end of the financial year, un-audited financial results for the last half year accompanied by limited review report by the auditors need not be submitted to stock exchange(s).

        (b) Half-yearly results shall be taken on record by the board of directors and signed by the managing director / executive director.

        (c) The audited results for the year shall be submitted to the recognized stock exchange(s) in the same format as is applicable for half-yearly financial results.

        (d) If the listed entity opts to submit un-audited financial results for the last half year accompanied by limited review report by the auditors, it shall also submit audited financial results for the entire financial year, as soon as they are approved by the board of directors.

        (e) Modified opinion(s) in audit reports that have a bearing on the interest payment/ dividend payment pertaining to non-convertible redeemable debentures/ redemption or principal repayment capacity of the listed entity shall be appropriately and adequately addressed by the board of directors while publishing the accounts for the said period.

        (3) (a) The annual audited financial results shall be submitted along with the annual audit report and *Statement on Impact of Audit Qualifications(applicable only for * "audit report with modified opinion)":*substituted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001

        *Provided that, in case of audit reports with unmodified opinion, the listed entity shall furnish a declaration to that effect to the Stock Exchange(s) while publishing the annual audited financial results.*inserted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001

        (b) The *Statement on Impact of Audit Qualifications(for audit report with modified opinion) and the accompanying annual audit report submitted in terms of clause (a) shall be reviewed by the stock exchange(s) and the Qualified Audit Report Review Committee in the manner specified in Schedule VIII  (omitted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001.*substituted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001

        (c)The listed entity shall on the direction issued by the Board, carry out the necessary steps, for rectification of modified opinion and/or submission of revised pro-forma financial results, in the manner specified in Schedule VIII.(omitted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001

        (d) The applicable format of *Statement on Impact of Audit Qualifications (for audit report with modified opinion) shall be in the manner specified by the Board from time to time (omitted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001) .*substituted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001

        (4) The listed entity, while submitting half yearly / annual financial results, shall disclose the following line items along with the financial results:

        (a) credit rating and change in credit rating (if any);

        (b) asset cover available, in case of non convertible debt securities;

        (c) debt-equity ratio;

        (d) previous due date for the payment of interest/ dividend for non-convertible redeemable preference shares/ repayment of principal of non-convertible preference shares /non convertible debt securities and whether the same has been paid or not; and,

        (e) next due date for the payment of interest/ dividend of non-convertible preference shares /principal along with the amount of interest/ dividend of non-convertible preference shares payable and the redemption amount;

        (f) debt service coverage ratio;

        (g) interest service coverage ratio;

        (h) outstanding redeemable preference shares (quantity and value);

        (i) capital redemption reserve/debenture redemption reserve;

        (j) net worth;

        (k) net profit after tax;

        (l) earnings per share:

        Provided that the requirement of disclosures of debt service coverage ratio, asset cover and interest service coverage ratio shall not be applicable for banks or non banking financial companies registered with the Reserve Bank of India.

        Provided further that the requirement of this sub- regulation shall not be applicable in case of unsecured debt instruments issued by regulated financial sector entities eligible for meeting capital requirements as specified by respective regulators.

        (5) While submitting the information required under sub- regulation (4), the listed entity shall submit to stock exchange(s), a certificate signed by debenture trustee that it has taken note of the contents.

        (6) The listed entity which has listed its non convertible redeemable preference shares shall make the following additional disclosures as notes to financials:

        (a) profit for the half year and cumulative profit for the year;

        (b) free reserve as on the end of half year;

        (c) securities premium account balance (if redemption of redeemable preference share is to be done at a premium, such premium may be appropriated from securities premium account):

        Provided that disclosure on securities premium account balance may be provided only in the year in which non convertible redeemable preference shares are due for redemption;

        (d) track record of dividend payment on non convertible redeemable preference shares:

        Provided that in case the dividend has been deferred at any time, then the actual date of payment shall be disclosed;

        (e) breach of any covenants under the terms of the non convertible redeemable preference shares:

        Provided that in case a listed entity is planning a fresh issuance of shares whose end use is servicing of the non convertible redeemable preference shares (whether dividend or principle redemption), then the same shall be disclosed whenever the listed entity decided on such issuances.

        (7) The listed entity shall submit to the stock exchange on a half yearly basis along with the half yearly financial results, a statement indicating material deviations, if any, in the use of proceeds of issue of non convertible debt securities and non-convertible redeemable preference shares from the objects stated in the offer document.

        (8) The listed entity shall, within two calendar days of the conclusion of the meeting of the board of directors, publish the financial results and statement referred to in sub-regulation (4), in at least one English national daily newspaper circulating in the whole or substantially the whole of India.

        Annual Report

        53. The annual report of the listed entity shall contain disclosures as specified in Companies Act, 2013 along with the following:

        (a) audited financial statements i.e. balance sheets, profit and loss accounts etc,*and Statement on Impact of Audit Qualifications as stipulated in regulation 52(3)(a), if applicable;*substituted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001

        (b) cash flow statement presented only under the indirect method as prescribed in Accounting Standard-3/ Indian Accounting Standard 7, mandated under Section 133 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with relevant rules framed thereunder or by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, whichever is applicable;

        (c) auditors report;

        (d) directors report;

        (e) name of the debenture trustees with full contact details ;

        (f) related party disclosures as specified in Para A of Schedule V.

        Asset Cover

        54. (1) In respect of its listed non-convertible debt securities, the listed entity shall maintain hundred per cent. asset cover sufficient to discharge the principal amount at all times for the non-convertible debt securities issued.

        (2) The listed entity shall disclose to the stock exchange in quarterly, half-yearly, year-to-date and annual financial statements, as applicable, the extent and nature of security created and maintained with respect to its secured listed non-convertible debt securities.

        (3) The requirement specified in sub-regulation (1), shall not be applicable in case of unsecured debt securities issued by regulated financial sector entities eligible for meeting capital requirements as specified by respective regulators.

        Credit Rating

        55. Each rating obtained by the listed entity with respect to non-convertible debt securities shall be reviewed at least once a year by a credit rating agency registered by the Board.

        Documents and Intimation to Debenture Trustees

        56. (1) The listed entity shall forward the following to the debenture trustee promptly:

        (a) a copy of the annual report at the same time as it is issued along with a copy of certificate from the listed entity's auditors in respect of utilisation of funds during the implementation period of the project for which the funds have been raised:

        Provided that in the case of debentures or preference shares issued for financing working capital or general corporate purposes or for capital raising purposes the copy of the auditor's certificate may be submitted at the end of each financial year till the funds have been fully utilised or the purpose for which these funds were intended has been achieved.

        (b) a copy of all notices, resolutions and circulars relating to-

        (i) new issue of non convertible debt securities at the same time as they are sent to shareholders/ holders of non convertible debt securities;

        (ii) the meetings of holders of non-convertible debt securities at the same time as they are sent to the holders of non convertible debt securities or advertised in the media including those relating to proceedings of the meetings;

        (c) intimations regarding :

        (i) any revision in the rating;

        (ii) any default in timely payment of interest or redemption or both in respect of the non convertible debt securities;

        (iii) failure to create charge on the assets;

        (d) a half-yearly certificate regarding maintenance of hundred percent. asset cover in respect of listed non convertible debt securities, by either a practicing company secretary or a practicing chartered accountant, along with the half yearly financial results:

        Provided that submission of such half yearly certificates is not applicable in cases where a listed entity is a bank or non banking financial companies registered with Reserve Bank of India or where bonds are secured by a Government guarantee.

        (2) The listed entity shall forward to the debenture trustee any such information sought and provide access to relevant books of accounts as required by the debenture trustee.

        (3) The listed entity may, subject to the consent of the debenture trustee, send the information stipulated in sub-regulation (1), in electronic form/fax.

        Other submissions to stock exchange(s)

        57. (1) The listed entity shall submit a certificate to the stock exchange within two days of the interest or principal or both becoming due that it has made timely payment of interests or principal obligations or both in respect of the non convertible debt securities.

        (2) The listed entity shall provide an undertaking to the stock exchange(s) on annual basis stating that all documents and intimations required to be submitted to Debenture Trustees in terms of Trust Deed and Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Debt Securities) Regulations, 2008 have been complied with.

        (3) The listed entity shall forward to the stock exchange any other information in the manner and format as specified by the Board from time to time.

        Documents and information to holders of non - convertible debt securities and non-convertible preference shares

        58. (1) The listed entity shall send the following documents:

        (a) Soft copies of full annual reports to all the holders of non convertible preference share who have registered their email address(es) for the purpose;

        (b) Hard copy of statement containing the salient features of all the documents, as specified in Section 136 of Companies Act, 2013 and rules made thereunder to those holders of non convertible preference share who have not so registered;

        (c) Hard copies of full annual reports to those holders of non convertible debt securities and non convertible preference share, who request for the same.

        (d) Half yearly communication as specified in sub-regulation (4) and (5) of regulation 52, to holders of non convertible debt securities and non convertible preference shares;

         (2) The listed entity shall send the notice of all meetings of holders of non convertible debt securities and holders of non-convertible redeemable preference shares specifically stating that the provisions for appointment of proxy as mentioned in Section 105 of the Companies Act, 2013, shall be applicable for such meeting.

        (3) The listed entity shall send proxy forms to holders of non convertible debt securities and non-convertible redeemable preference shares which shall be worded in such a manner that holders of these securities may vote either for or against each resolution.

        Structure of non convertible debt securities and non convertible redeemable preference shares

        59. (1) The listed entity shall not make material modification without prior approval of the stock exchange(s) where the non convertible debt securities or non-convertible redeemable preference shares, as applicable, are listed, to :

        (a)the structure of the debenture in terms of coupon, conversion, redemption, or otherwise.

        (b)the structure of the non-convertible redeemable preference shares in terms of dividend of non-convertible preference shares payable, conversion, redemption, or otherwise.

        (2) The approval of the stock exchange referred to in sub-regulation (1) shall be made only after:

        (a)approval of the board of directors and the debenture trustee in case of non-convertible debt securities and

        (b) after complying with the provisions of Companies Act, 2013 including approval of the consent of requisite majority of holders of that class of securities.

        Record Date

        60. (1) The listed entity shall fix a record date for purposes of payment of interest, dividend and payment of redemption or repayment amount or for such other purposes as specified by the stock exchange.

        (2) The listed entity shall give notice in advance of at least seven working days (excluding the date of intimation and the record date) to the recognised stock exchange(s) of the record date or of as many days as the stock exchange(s) may agree to or require specifying the purpose of the record date.

        Terms of non convertible debt securities and non convertible redeemable preference shares

        61. (1) The listed entity shall ensure timely payment of interest or dividend of non-convertible redeemable preference shares or redemption payment:

        Provided that the listed entity shall not declare or distribute any dividend wherein it has defaulted in payment of interest on debt securities or redemption thereof or in creation of security as per the terms of the issue of debt securities:

        Provided further that this requirement shall not be applicable in case of unsecured debt securities issued by regulated financial sector entities eligible for meeting capital requirements as specified by respective regulators.

        (2) The listed entity shall not forfeit unclaimed interest/dividend and such unclaimed interest/dividend shall be transferred to the ‘Investor Education and Protection Fund’ set up as per Section 125 of the Companies Act, 2013.

        (3) Unless the terms of issue provide otherwise, the listed entity shall not select any of its listed securities for redemption otherwise than pro rata basis or by lot.

        (4) The listed entity shall comply with requirements as specified in regulation 40 for transfer of securities including procedural requirements specified in Schedule VII.

        Website

        62. (1) The listed entity shall maintain a functional website containing the following information about the listed entity:-

        (a) details of its business;

        (b) financial information including complete copy of the annual report including balance sheet, profit and loss account, directors report etc;

        (c) contact information of the designated officials of the listed entity who are responsible for assisting and handling investor grievances;

        (d) email address for grievance redressal and other relevant details;

        (e) name of the debenture trustees with full contact details;

        (f) the information, report, notices, call letters, circulars, proceedings, etc concerning non-convertible redeemable preference shares or non convertible debt securities;

        (g) all information and reports including compliance reports filed by the listed entity;

        (h) information with respect to the following events:

        (i) default by issuer to pay interest on or redemption amount;

        (ii) failure to create a charge on the assets;

        (iii) revision of rating assigned to the non convertible debt securities:

        (2) The listed entity may also issue a press release with respect to the events specified in sub-regulation (1).

        (3) The listed entity shall ensure that the contents of the website are correct and updated at any given point of time.

    • Chapter VI-Obligations Of Listed Entity Which Has Listed Its Specified Securities And Either Non-Convertible Debt Securities Or Non-Convertble Redeemable Preference

        OBLIGATIONS OF LISTED ENTITY WHICH HAS LISTED ITS SPECIFIED SECURITIES AND EITHER NON-CONVERTIBLE DEBT SECURITIES OR  NON-CONVERTBLE REDEEMABLE PREFERENCE SHARES OR BOTH

        Applicability of Chapters IV and V

        63. (1) Entity which has listed its ‘specified securities’ and ‘non-convertible debt securities’ or ‘non-convertible redeemable preference shares’ or both on any recognised stock exchange, shall be bound by the provisions in Chapter IV of these regulations.

        (2) The listed entity described in sub-regulation (1) shall additionally comply with the following regulations in Chapter V:

        (a) regulation 50(2),(3);

        (b) regulation 51;

        (c) regulation 52(3), (4), (5) and (6);

        (d) regulation 53

        (e) regulation 54

        (f) regulation 55

        (g) regulation 56

        (h) regulation 57

        (i) regulation 58

        (j) regulation 59

        (k) regulation 60

        (l) regulation 61:

        Provided that the listed entity which has submitted any information to the stock exchange in compliance with the disclosure requirements under Chapter IV of these regulations, need not re-submit any such information under the provisions of this regulations without prejudice to any power conferred on the Board or the stock exchange or any other authority under any law to seek any such information from the listed entity:

        Provided further that the listed entity, which has satisfied certain obligations in compliance with other chapters, shall not separately satisfy the same conditions under this chapter.

        Delisting.

        64. (1) In the event specified securities of the listed entity are delisted from the stock exchange, the listed entity shall comply with all the provisions in Chapter V of these regulations.

        (2) In the event that non-convertible debt securities and non-convertible redeemable preference shares’ of the listed entity do not remain listed on the stock exchange, the listed entity shall comply with all the provisions in Chapter IV of these regulations.

    • Chapter VII-Obligations Of Listed Entity Which Has Listed Its Indian Depository Receipts

        OBLIGATIONS OF LISTED ENTITY WHICH HAS LISTED ITS INDIAN DEPOSITORY RECEIPTS

        Applicability

        65. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to listed entity whose securities market regulators are signatories to the Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding of International Organization of Securities Commission issuing ‘Indian Depository Receipts’ as defined under Rule 13 of the Companies (Registration of Foreign Companies) Rules, 2014.

        Definitions

        66. For the purpose of this chapter , unless the context otherwise requires -

        (a) “IDR Holder(s)” shall mean holder(s) of Indian Depository Receipts.

        (b) “Depository Agreement” shall mean an agreement between the listed entity and the domestic depository.

        (c) “Home Country” or “country of origin” shall mean the country or parent country where the listed entity is incorporated and listed.

        (d) “Security holder” shall mean holder of the security or equity shares of the listed entity in the home country.

        General Obligations of listed entity

        67. (1) All correspondences filed with the stock exchange(s) and those sent to the IDR Holders shall be in English.

        (2) The listed entity shall comply, at all times, with the rules/regulations/laws of the country of origin.

        (3) The listed entity shall undertake that the competent Courts, Tribunals and regulatory authorities in India shall have jurisdiction in the event of any dispute, either with the stock exchange or any investor, concerning the India Depository Receipts offered or subscribed or bought in India.

        (4) The listed entity shall forward, on a continuous basis, any information requested by the stock exchange, in the interest of investors from time to time.

        (5) In case of any claim, difference or dispute under the provisions of this chapter and other provisions of these regulations applicable to the listed entity, the same shall be referred to and decided by arbitration as provided in the bye-laws and regulations of the stock exchange(s).

        Disclosure of material events or information

        68. (1) The listed entity shall promptly inform to the stock exchange(s) of all events which are material, all information which is price sensitive and/or have bearing on performance/operation of the listed entity.

        (2) Without prejudice to the generality of sub-regulation (1), the listed entity shall make the disclosures as specified in Part C of Schedule III.

        Indian Depository Receipt holding pattern & Shareholding details

        69. (1) The listed entity shall file with the stock exchange the Indian Depository Receipt holding pattern on a quarterly basis within fifteen days of end of the quarter in the format specified by the Board.

        (2) The listed entity shall file the following details with the stock exchange as is required to be filed in compliance with the disclosure requirements of the listing authority or stock exchange in its home country or any other jurisdiction where the securities of the listed entity are listed:

        (a) Shareholding Pattern;

        (b) Pre and post arrangement share holding pattern and Capital Structure in case of any corporate restructuring like mergers / amalgamations.

        Periodical Financial Results

        70. (1) The listed entity shall file periodical financial results with the stock exchange in such manner and within such time and to the extent that it is required to file as per the listing requirements of the home country.

        (2) The listed entity shall comply with the requirements with respect to preparation and disclosures in financial results as specified in Part B of Schedule IV.

        Annual Report

        71. (1) The listed entity shall submit to stock exchange an annual report at the same time as it is disclosed to the security holder in its home country or in other jurisdictions where such securities are listed.

        (2) The annual report shall contain the following:

        (a) Report of board of directors;

        (b) Balance Sheet;

        (c) Profit and Loss Account;

        (d) Auditors Report;

        (e) All periodical and special reports( if applicable);

        (f) Any such other report which is required to be sent to security holders annually.

        (3) The listed entity shall comply with the requirements with respect to preparation and disclosures in financial results in annual report as specified in Part B of Schedule IV.

        Corporate Governance

        72. (1) The listed entity shall comply with the corporate governance provisions as applicable in its home country and other jurisdictions in which its equity shares are listed.

        (2)The listed entity shall submit to stock exchange a comparative analysis of the corporate governance provisions that are applicable in its home country and in the other jurisdictions in which its equity shares are listed along with the compliance of the same vis-à-vis the corporate governance requirements applicable under regulation 17 to regulation 27, to other listed entities.

        Documents and Information to IDR Holder

        73. The listed entity shall disclose/send the following documents to IDR Holders, at the same time and to the extent that it discloses to security holders in its home country or in other jurisdictions where its securities are listed:

        (a) Soft copies of the annual report to all the IDR holders who have registered their email address(es) for the purpose.

        (b) Hard copy of the annual report to those IDR holders who request for the same either through domestic depository or Compliance Officer.

        (c) the pre and post arrangement capital structure and share holding pattern in case of any corporate restructuring like mergers / amalgamations and other schemes.

        Equitable Treatment to IDR Holders

        74. (1)If the listed entity's equity shares or other securities representing equity shares are also listed on the stock exchange(s) in countries other than its home country, it shall ensure that IDR Holders are treated in a manner equitable with security holders in home country.

        (2) The listed entity shall ensure that for all corporate actions, except those which are not permitted by Indian laws, it shall treat IDR holders in a manner equitable with security holders in the home country.

        (3) In case of take-over or delisting or buy-back of its equity shares, the listed entity shall, while following the laws applicable in its home country, give equitable treatment to IDR holders vis-à-vis security holder in home country.

        (4) The listed entity shall ensure protection of interests of IDR holders particularly with respect to all corporate benefits permissible under Indian laws and the laws of its home country and shall address all investor grievances adequately.

        Advertisements in Newspaper

        75. (1)The listed entity shall publish the following information in the newspaper :

        (a)periodical financial results required to be disclosed;

        (b)Notices given to its IDR Holders by advertisement;

        (2) The information specified in sub-regulation (1) shall be issued in at one English national daily newspaper circulating in the whole or substantially the whole of India and in one Hindi national daily newspaper in India.

        Terms of Indian Depository Receipts

        76. (1) The listed entity shall pay the dividend as per the timeframe applicable in its home country or other jurisdictions where its securities are listed, whichever is earlier, so as to reach the IDR Holders on or before the date fixed for payment of dividend to holders of its equity share or other securities.

        (2) The listed entity shall not forfeit unclaimed dividends before the claim becomes barred by law in the home country of the listed entity, as may be applicable, and that such forfeiture, when effected, shall be annulled in appropriate cases.

        (3) The Indian Depository Receipts shall have two-way fungibility in the manner specified by the Board from time to time.

        Structure of Indian Depository Receipts

        77. (1) The listed entity shall ensure that the underlying shares of IDRs shall rank pari-passu with the existing shares of the same class and the fact of having different classes of shares based on different criteria, if any, shall be disclosed by the listed entity in the annual report.

        (2) The listed entity shall not exercise a lien on the fully paid underlying shares, against which the IDRs are issued, and that in respect of partly paid underlying shares, against which the IDRs are issued and shall also not exercise any lien except in respect of moneys called or payable at a fixed time in respect of such underlying shares.

        (3) The listed entity, subject to the requirements under the laws and regulations of its home country, if any amount be paid up in advance of calls on any underlying shares against which the IDRs are issued, shall stipulate that such amount may carry interest but shall not in respect thereof confer a right to dividend or to participate in profits.

        Record Date

        78. (1) The listed entity, where it is required so to do in its home country or other jurisdictions where its securities may be listed, shall fix the record date for the purpose of payment of dividends or distribution of any other corporate benefits to IDR Holders.

        (2) The listed entity shall give notice in advance of at least four working days to the recognised stock exchange(s) of record date specifying the purpose of the record date.

        Voting

        79. (1) The listed entity shall, either directly or through an agent, send out proxy forms to IDR Holders in all cases mentioning that a security holder may vote either for or against each resolution.

        (2) Voting rights of the IDR Holders shall be exercised in accordance with the depository agreement.

        Delisting of Indian Depository Receipt

        80. (1) The listed entity shall, if it decides to delist Indian Depository Receipts, give fair and reasonable treatment to IDR holders.

        (2) The listed entity shall comply with such norms and conditions for delisting Indian Depository Receipts as specified by the Board or stock exchange in this regard.

        (3) The listed entity shall, in case underlying equity shares are delisted, shall delist and cancel the Indian Depository Receipts.

    • Chapter VIII-Obligations Of Listed Entity Which Has Listed Its Securitised Debt Instruments

        OBLIGATIONS OF LISTED ENTITY WHICH HAS LISTED ITS SECURITISED DEBT INSTRUMENTS

        Applicability

        81. (1) The provisions of this chapter shall apply to Special Purpose Distinct Entity issuing securitised debt instruments and trustees of Special Purpose Distinct Entity shall ensure compliance with each of the provisions of these regulations.

        (2) The expressions "asset pool", "clean up call option", "credit enhancement", "debt or receivables", "investor", "liquidity provider", "obligor", "originator", "regulated activity", "scheme", "securitization", "securitized debt instrument", "servicer", "special purpose distinct entity", "sponsor" and "trustee" shall have the same meaning as assigned to them under Securities and Exchange Board of India (Public Offer and Listing of Securitised Debt Instruments) Regulations, 2008;

        Intimation and filings with stock exchange(s)

        82. (1) The listed entity shall intimate the Stock exchange, of its intention to issue new securitized debt instruments either through a public issue or on private placement basis (if it proposes to list such privately placed debt securities on the Stock exchange) prior to issuing such securities.

        (2) The listed entity shall intimate to the stock exchange(s), at least two working days in advance, excluding the date of the intimation and date of the meeting, regarding the meeting of its board of trustees, at which the recommendation or declaration of issue of securitized debt instruments or any other matter affecting the rights or interests of holders of securitized debt instruments is proposed to be considered.

        (3) The listed entity shall submit such statements, reports or information including financial information pertaining to Schemes to stock exchange within seven days from the end of the month/ actual payment date, either by itself or through the servicer, on a monthly basis in the format as specified by the Board from time to time:

        Provided that where periodicity of the receivables is not monthly, reporting shall be made for the relevant periods.

        (4) The listed entity shall provide the stock exchange, either by itself or through the servicer, loan level information, without disclosing particulars of individual borrowers, in manner specified by stock exchange.

        Disclosure of information having bearing on performance/operation of listed entity and/or price sensitive information

        83. (1) The listed entity shall promptly inform the stock exchange(s) of all information having bearing on the on performance/operation of the listed entity and price sensitive information.

         (2) Without prejudice to the generality of sub-regulation(1), the listed entity shall make the disclosures specified in Part D of Schedule III.

        Explanation.- The expression ‘promptly inform’, shall imply that the stock exchange must be informed must as soon as practically possible and without any delay and that the information shall be given first to the stock exchange(s) before providing the same to any third party.

        Credit Rating

        84. (1) Every rating obtained by the listed entity with respect to securitised debt instruments shall be periodically reviewed, preferably once a year, by a credit rating agency registered by the Board.

        (2) Any revision in rating(s) shall be disseminated by the stock exchange(s).

        Information to Investors

        85. (1) The listed entity shall provide either by itself or through the servicer, loan level information without disclosing particulars of individual borrower to its investors.

        (2) The listed entity shall provide information regarding revision in rating as a result of credit rating done periodically in terms of regulation 84 above to its investors.

        (3) The information at sub-regulation (1) and (2) may be sent to investors in electronic form/fax if so consented by the investors

        (4) The listed entity shall display the email address of the grievance redressal division and other relevant details prominently on its website and in the various materials / pamphlets/ advertisement campaigns initiated by it for creating investor awareness.

        Terms of Securitized Debt Instruments

        86. (1) The listed entity shall ensure that no material modification shall be made to the structure of the securitized debt instruments in terms of coupon, conversion, redemption, or otherwise without prior approval of the recognized stock exchange(s) where the securitized debt instruments are listed and the listed entity shall make an application to the recognised stock exchange(s) only after the approval by Trustees.

        (2) The listed entity shall ensure timely interest/ redemption payment.

        (3) The listed entity shall ensure that where credit enhancement has been provided for, it shall make credit enhancement available for listed securitized debt instruments at all times.

        (4) The listed entity shall not forfeit unclaimed interest and principal and such unclaimed interest and principal shall be, after a period of seven years, transferred to the Investor Protection and Education Fund established under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Investor Protection and Education Fund) Regulations, 2009.

        (5) Unless the terms of issue provide otherwise, the listed entity shall not select any of its listed securitized debt instruments for redemption otherwise than on pro rata basis or by lot and shall promptly submit to the recognised stock exchange(s) the details thereof.

        (6) The listed entity shall remain listed till the maturity or redemption of securitized debt instruments or till the same are delisted as per the procedure laid down by the Board.

        Provided that the provisions of this sub-regulation shall not restrict the right of the recognised stock exchange(s) to delist, suspend or remove the securities at any time and for any reason which the recognised stock exchange(s) considers proper in accordance with the applicable legal provisions.

        Record Date

        87. (1) The listed entity shall fix a record date for payment of interest and payment of redemption or repayment amount or for such other purposes as specified by the recognised stock exchange(s).

        (2) The listed entity shall give notice in advance of atleast seven working days (excluding the date of intimation and the record date) to the recognised stock exchange(s) of the record date or of as many days as the Stock Exchange may agree to or require specifying the purpose of the record date.

    • Chapter IX-Obligations Of Listed Entity Which Has Listed Its Mutual Fund Units

        OBLIGATIONS OF LISTED ENTITY WHICH HAS LISTED ITS MUTUAL FUND UNITS

        Applicability

        88. (1) The provisions of this chapter shall apply to the asset management company managing the mutual fund scheme whose units are listed on the recognised stock exchange(s).

        (2) Notwithstanding anything contained in this chapter, the provisions of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 and directions issued thereunder shall apply on the listed entity and to the schemes whose units are listed on the recognised stock exchange(s).

        Definitions

        89. The expressions "Asset Management Company", "Net Asset Value" , "Scheme" , "Unit" and "Unit Holder" shall have the same meaning as assigned to them under Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996;

        Submission of Documents

        90. (1) The listed entity shall intimate to the recognised stock exchange(s) the information relating to daily Net Asset Value, monthly portfolio, half yearly portfolio of those schemes whose units are listed on the recognised stock exchange(s) in the format as specified under Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 and directions issued there under.

        (2) The listed entity shall intimate to the recognised stock exchange(s) in the manner specified by the recognised stock exchange(s) of:

        (a) movement in unit capital of those schemes whose units are listed on the recognised stock exchange(s);

        (b) rating of the scheme whose units are listed on the recognised stock exchange(s) and any changes in the rating thereof (wherever applicable);

        (c) imposition of penalties and material litigations against the listed entity and Mutual Fund;

        (d) any prohibitory orders restraining the listed entity from transferring units registered in the name of the unit holders.

        Dissemination on the website of stock exchange(s)

        91. The listed entity shall submit such information and documents, which are required to be disseminated on the listed entity’s website in terms of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 and directions issued there under, to the recognised stock exchange for dissemination.

    • Chapter X-Duties And Obligations Of The Recognised...

        DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE RECOGNISED STOCK EXCHANGE(S)

        Dissemination

        92. (1) Upon receipt of relevant intimations, information, filings, reports, statements, documents or any other submissions in terms of these regulations, from the listed entity the recognised stock exchange(s) shall immediately disseminate the same on its website.

        (2) The disseminations by the recognised stock exchange(s) as mentioned in sub-regulation (1) shall be made in organised, user friendly and easily referable manner including by providing hyperlinks for easy accessibility.

        Transferability

        93. The recognised stock exchange(s) shall coordinate with Depositories to ensure compliance with the applicable laws or directions of the Board or any competent court with regard to freezing / unfreezing, lock-in/ release of lock-in with respect to securities issued or managed by the listed entity.

        Draft Scheme of Arrangement & Scheme of Arrangement

        94. (1) The designated stock exchange, upon receipt of draft schemes of arrangement and the documents prescribed by the Board, as per sub-regulation (1) of regulation 37, shall forward the same to the Board, in the manner prescribed by the Board.

        (2) The stock exchange(s) shall submit to the Board its Objection Letter or No-Objection Letter on the draft scheme of arrangement after inter-alia ascertaining whether the draft scheme of arrangement is in compliance with securities laws within thirty days of receipt of draft scheme of arrangement or within seven days of date of receipt of satisfactory reply on clarifications from

        the listed entity and/or opinion from independent chartered accountant, if any, sought by stock exchange(s), as applicable.

        (3) The stock exchange(s), shall issue Observation Letter or No-objection letter to the listed entity within seven days of receipt of comments from the Board, after suitably incorporating such comments in the Observation Letter or No-objection letter:

        Provided that the validity of the ‘Observation Letter’ or No-objection letter of stock exchanges shall be six months from the date of issuance.

        (4) The stock exchange(s) shall bring the observations or objections, as the case may be, to the notice of Court or Tribunal at the time of approval of the scheme of arrangement.

        (5) Upon sanction of the Scheme by the Court or Tribunal, the designated stock exchange shall forward its recommendations to the Board on the documents submitted by the listed entity in terms of sub-regulation (5) of regulation 37.

        Form B  *Statement on Impact of Audit Qualifications accompanying Annual Audit Report.

        95. *The recognised stock exchange(s) shall review the Statement on Impact of Audit Qualifications and the accompanying annual audit report submitted in terms of clause (d) of sub-regulation (3) of regulation33 and clause (a) of sub-regulation (3) of regulation 52.

        *substituted vide notification.No.SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001

        Grievance Redressal

        96. The recognised stock exchange(s) shall redress/facilitate redressal of complaints of holders of listed securities from time to time.

        Monitoring of Compliance/Non Compliance & Adequacy/ Accuracy of the disclosures

        97. (1) The recognised stock exchange(s) shall monitor compliance by the listed entity with provisions of these regulations.

        (2) The recognised stock exchange(s) shall also monitor adequacy/ accuracy of the disclosures made by listed entity with respect to provisions of these regulations.

        (3) The recognised stock exchange(s) shall submit a report to the Board, with respect to the obligations specified in sub-regulations (1) and (2), in the manner specified by the Board.

        (4) The recognised stock exchange(s) shall put in place appropriate framework including adequate manpower and such infrastructure as may be required to comply with the provisions of this regulation.

    • Chapter XI-Procedure For Action In Case Of Default

        PROCEDURE FOR ACTION IN CASE OF DEFAULT

        Liability for contravention of the Act, rules or the regulations

        98. (1) The listed entity or any other person thereof who contravenes any of the provisions of these regulations, shall, in addition to liability for action in terms of the securities laws, be liable for the following actions by the respective stock exchange(s), in the manner specified in circulars or guidelines issued by the Board:

        (a) imposition of fines;

        (b) suspension of trading;

        (c) freezing of promoter/promoter group holding of designated securities, as may be applicable, in coordination with depositories.

        (d) any other action as may be specified by the Board from time to time

        (2) The manner of revocation of actions specified in clauses (b) and (c) of sub-regulation (1), shall be as specified in circulars or guidelines issued by the Board.

        Failure to pay fine

        99. If listed entity fails to pay any fine imposed on it within such period as specified from time to time, by the recognised stock exchange(s), after a notice in writing has been served on it, the stock exchange may initiate action.

    • Chapter XII-Miscellaneous

        MISCELLANEOUS

        Amendments to other regulations

        100. The regulations specified in the Schedule IX to these regulations shall be amended in the manner and to the extent stated therein.

        Power to remove difficulties

        101. (1) In order to remove any difficulties in the application or interpretation of these regulations, the Board may issue clarifications through guidance notes or circulars after recording reasons in writing.

        (2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such guidance notes or circulars may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:

        (a) procedural aspects including intimation to be given, documents to be submitted;

        (b) disclosure requirements;

        (c) listing conditions.

        Power to relax strict enforcement of the regulations

        102. The Board may in the interest of investors and securities market and for the development of the securities market, relax the strict enforcement of any requirement of these regulations, if the Board is satisfied that:

        (a) any provision of Act(s), Rule(s), regulation(s) under which the listed entity is established or is governed by, is required to be given precedence to; or

        (b) the requirement may cause undue hardship to investors; or

        (c) the disclosure requirement is not relevant for a particular industry or class of listed entities; or

        (d) the requirement is technical in nature; or

        (e) the non-compliance is caused due to factors affecting a class of entities but being beyond the control of the entities.

        Repeal and Savings

        103. (1) On and from the commencement of these regulations, all circulars stipulating or modifying the provisions of the listing agreements including those specified in Schedule X, shall stand rescinded.

        (2) Notwithstanding such rescission, anything done or any action taken or purported to have been done or taken including any enquiry or investigation commenced or show cause notice issued in respect of the circulars specified in sub-regulation (1) or the Listing Agreements, entered into between stock exchange(s) and listed entity, in force prior to the commencement of these regulations, shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the corresponding provisions of these regulations.

    • Schedules
      • Schedule I-Terms Of Securities

          SCHEDULE I – TERMS OF SECURITIES

          [See Regulation 12]

          The listed entity  shall use the facility of electronic clearing services or real time gross settlement or national electronic funds transfer as follows:-

          (1)  the  listed  entity  either  directly  or  through their  Registrar  to  an  Issue  and/or Share Transfer Agent,  shall  use electronic  clearing  services  (local,  regional  or national),  direct   credit,  real  time  gross settlement,  national  electronic  funds transfer  etc   for  making   payment  of  dividend/interest  on  securities issued/redemption or repayment amount.

          (2) the  listed  entity  or  Share Transfer Agent  shall  maintain  bank  details  of  their investors  as follows -

          (a) for  investors  holding  securities  in dematerialized  mode,  by seeking  the same from the depositories.

          (b) for  investors  holding   securities  in  physical  mode,  by  updating  bank details of the investors at their end.

          (3) In  cases  where   either   the   bank   details   such as  Magnetic   Ink  Character Recognition,  Indian  Financial  System Code,  etc.  that  are  required  for  making electronic  payment are  not  available  or  the  electronic  payment instructions have  failed  or  have  been  rejected  by the  bank,  listed  entity  or  share transfer agent shall issue ‘payable-at-par’ warrants/ cheques for making  payments: Provided that the listed entity shall mandatorily print the bank account details of the investors on such payment instruments and in cases where  the bank details of  investors  are   not  available,  the   listed  entity   shall  mandatorily  print  the address of the investor on such payment instructions.

      • Schedule II- Corporate Governances

          SCHEDULE II: CORPORATE  GOVERNANCE

          PART A: MINIMUM INFORMATION TO BE PLACED BEFORE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

          [See Regulation 17(7)]

          A.  Annual operating plans and budgets and any updates.

          B. Capital budgets and any updates.

          C. Quarterly  results for the listed entity and its operating divisions or business segments.

          D. Minutes of meetings of audit  committee and  other  committees of the board of directors.

          E. The information on recruitment and  remuneration of senior officers just below the  level  of  board of  directors,  including  appointment  or  removal  of  Chief Financial Officer and the Company Secretary.

          F. Show   cause,  demand,  prosecution  notices  and   penalty  notices,  which   are materially important.

          G. Fatal or serious accidents, dangerous occurrences, any material effluent or pollution  problems.

          H. Any  material  default  in  financial  obligations  to  and  by  the  listed  entity,  or substantial non-payment for goods sold by the listed entity.

          I. Any  issue,   which   involves   possible   public   or  product  liability  claims   of substantial nature, including any  judgement or order  which, may  have  passed strictures   on   the   conduct  of  the   listed   entity   or  taken   an   adverse  view regarding another enterprise that  may have  negative implications on the listed entity.

          J. Details of any joint venture or collaboration agreement.

          K.Transactions that  involve substantial payment towards goodwill, brand equity, or intellectual property.

          L. Significant labour  problems and their proposed solutions. Any significant development  in Human Resources/  Industrial  Relations  front  like signing  of wage  agreement, implementation of Voluntary Retirement Scheme etc.

          M. Sale  of investments, subsidiaries, assets which  are  material in nature and  not in normal course of business.

          N.  Quarterly   details  of  foreign   exchange  exposures  and   the   steps  taken   by management to limit the risks of adverse exchange rate movement, if material.

          O. Non-compliance of any regulatory, statutory or listing requirements and shareholders service such as non-payment of dividend, delay  in share transfer etc.

          PART B: COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE

          [See Regulation 17(8)]

          The  following  compliance  certificate  shall  be  furnished  by chief  executive  officer and chief financial officer:

          A. They have  reviewed financial statements and  the  cash flow statement for the year and that to the best of their knowledge and belief:

          (1) these statements do  not  contain  any  materially  untrue statement  or omit any material fact or contain statements that might be misleading;

          (2) these statements  together present a  true  and  fair  view  of  the  listed entity’s   affairs   and    are    in   compliance   with   existing   accounting standards, applicable laws and regulations.

          B. There are, to the best of their knowledge and belief, no transactions entered into  by  the  listed  entity  during   the  year  which  are  fraudulent,  illegal  or violative of the listed entity’s code  of conduct.

          C. They   accept  responsibility   for   establishing   and    maintaining   internal controls   for   financial   reporting   and    that    they    have    evaluated   the effectiveness  of internal  control  systems of the  listed  entity  pertaining  to financial reporting and they have disclosed to the auditors and the audit committee, deficiencies in the design or operation of such internal controls, if any, of which they are aware and  the steps they have  taken  or propose to take to rectify these deficiencies.

          D. They have  indicated to the auditors and the Audit committee 

          (1) significant changes in internal control  over financial reporting during  the year;

          (2) significant changes in accounting policies during  the  year  and  that  the same have  been  disclosed in the notes to the financial statements; and

          (3) instances of significant fraud  of which they have  become aware and the involvement therein, if any, of the management or an employee having  a significant   role   in  the   listed   entity’s   internal   control    system  over financial reporting.

          PART C: ROLE OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE AND REVIEW OF INFORMATION BY AUDIT COMMITTEE

          [See Regulation 18(3)]

          A. The role of the audit committee shall include  the following:

          (1) oversight  of  the   listed  entity’s   financial  reporting  process  and   the disclosure   of  its   financial   information   to  ensure  that   the   financial statement is correct, sufficient and credible;

          (2) recommendation for appointment, remuneration and terms of appointment of auditors of the listed entity;

          (3) approval   of   payment  to   statutory  auditors   for   any   other   services rendered by the statutory auditors;

          (4) reviewing,  with  the  management,  the  annual  financial  statements and auditor's  report  thereon before submission  to  the  board for  approval, with particular reference to:

          (a) matters  required   to   be   included   in  the   director’s   responsibility statement to be included in the  board’s report  in terms of clause (c) of sub-section (3) of Section 134 of the Companies Act, 2013;

          (b) changes, if any, in accounting policies and  practices and  reasons for the same;

          (c) major  accounting entries involving  estimates based on the  exercise of judgment by management;

          (d) significant adjustments made in the financial statements arising out of audit findings;

          (e) compliance  with  listing  and   other   legal   requirements  relating  to financial statements;

          (f) disclosure of any related party transactions; (g) modified opinion(s) in the draft audit report;

          (5) reviewing,  with  the   management,  the   quarterly  financial  statements before submission to the board for approval;

          (6) reviewing, with the  management, the  statement of uses / application of funds raised  through an  issue  (public  issue,  rights  issue,  preferential issue,  etc.),  the  statement of  funds utilized  for  purposes other   than those stated in the offer document / prospectus / notice  and  the report submitted   by   the   monitoring   agency  monitoring   the   utilisation   of proceeds of a public or rights issue, and  making  appropriate recommendations to the board to take up steps in this matter;

          (7) reviewing  and  monitoring the  auditor’s independence and  performance, and effectiveness of audit process;

          (8) approval  or any  subsequent modification  of transactions  of the  listed entity with related parties;

          (9) scrutiny of inter-corporate loans and investments;

          (10) valuation  of  undertakings  or  assets of  the  listed  entity,  wherever it is necessary;

          (11) evaluation of internal financial controls and risk management systems; (12) reviewing, with the  management, performance of statutory and  internal auditors, adequacy of the internal control  systems;

          (13) reviewing  the  adequacy of internal  audit  function,  if any,  including  the structure of the  internal audit  department, staffing and  seniority of the official heading the department, reporting structure coverage and frequency of internal audit;

          (14) discussion with internal auditors of any  significant findings and  follow up there  on;

          (15) reviewing   the  findings  of  any  internal  investigations  by  the  internal auditors into matters where  there  is suspected fraud  or irregularity  or a failure of internal control  systems of a material nature and  reporting the matter to the board;

          (16) discussion  with statutory auditors  before the  audit  commences,  about the   nature  and   scope of  audit   as well  as post-audit  discussion  to ascertain any area  of concern;

          (17) to look into  the  reasons for substantial  defaults  in the  payment to the depositors, debenture holders, shareholders (in case of non-payment of declared dividends) and creditors;

          (18) to review the functioning of the whistle blower mechanism;

          (19) approval  of  appointment  of  chief  financial  officer  after  assessing  the qualifications, experience and background, etc. of the candidate;

          (20) Carrying   out   any   other   function   as  is   mentioned   in  the   terms  of reference of the audit committee.

          B.  The audit committee shall mandatorily review the following information:

          (1) management discussion and  analysis of financial condition and  results of operations;

          (2) statement of  significant  related  party  transactions  (as  defined  by  the audit committee), submitted by management;

          (3) management letters  / letters  of internal control  weaknesses issued  by the statutory auditors;

          (4) internal audit reports relating to internal control  weaknesses; and

          (5) the   appointment,   removal   and   terms  of  remuneration   of  the   chief internal auditor  shall be subject to review by the audit committee.

          (6) statement of deviations:

          (a) quarterly statement of deviation(s) including report  of monitoring agency, if applicable, submitted to stock exchange(s) in terms of Regulation 32(1).

          (b) annual  statement of  funds utilized  for  purposes other  than  those stated in  the  offer  document/prospectus/notice  in  terms of Regulation 32(7).

          PART D: ROLE OF COMMITTEES (OTHER THAN AUDIT COMMITTEE)

          [See Regulation 19(4) and 20(4)]

          A. ROLE  OF   NOMINATION AND  REMUNERATION COMMITTEE  :

          Role   of committee shall, inter-alia, include  the following:

          (1) formulation of the criteria  for determining qualifications, positive attributes and independence of a director and recommend to the board of directors a policy   relating   to,   the   remuneration   of  the   directors,   key  managerial personnel and other  employees;

          (2) formulation   of  criteria   for  evaluation   of  performance  of  independent directors and the board of directors;

          (3) devising a policy on  diversity of board of directors;

          (4) identifying  persons who are qualified  to become directors and who may be appointed in senior management in accordance with the criteria  laid down, and recommend to the board of directors their appointment and removal.

          (5) whether to extend or continue the term  of appointment of the independent director,   on   the   basis   of   the   report    of   performance  evaluation   of independent directors.

          B. Stakeholders Relationship Committee

          The  Committee  shall  consider  and   resolve  the  grievances  of  the  security holders of the  listed entity  including complaints related to transfer of shares, non-receipt of annual report  and non-receipt of declared dividends.

          PART E: DISCRETIONARY REQUIREMENTS

          [See Regulation 27(1)]

          A. The Board

          A non-executive  chairperson  may  be  entitled  to  maintain  a  chairperson's office  at  the  listed  entity's  expense and   also  allowed   reimbursement  of expenses incurred in performance of his duties.

          B. Shareholder Rights

          A half-yearly declaration of financial performance including summary of the significant events in last six-months, may be sent to each household of shareholders.

          C. Modified opinion(s) in audit report

          The  listed  entity  may  move  towards a regime  of financial  statements with unmodified audit opinion.

          D. Separate posts of chairperson and chief executive officer

          The  listed  entity  may  appoint  separate persons to the  post of chairperson and managing director or chief executive officer.

          E. Reporting of internal auditor

          The internal auditor may report  directly to the audit committee.

      • Schedule III- Disclosure Of Information

          SCHEDULE III

          PART A: DISCLOSURES OF EVENTS OR INFORMATION: SPECIFIED SECURITIES [See Regulation 30]

          The  following  shall  be  events/information,  upon  occurrence of which  listed entity shall make  disclosure to stock exchange(s):

          A. Events  which   shall   be   disclosed   without   any   application   of   the guidelines  for materiality  as specified  in sub-regulation  (4) of regulation (30):

          1. Acquisition(s)  (including  agreement  to  acquire),  Scheme  of Arrangement (amalgamation/ merger/ demerger/restructuring), or sale or disposal of any unit(s), division(s) or subsidiary of the listed entity  or any other  restructuring.

          Explanation :-  For the purpose of this sub-para, the word 'acquisition' shall mean,-

          (i) acquiring control, whether directly or indirectly; or,

          (ii) acquiring or agreeing to acquire shares or voting rights in, a company, whether directly or indirectly, such that -

          (a) the listed entity holds shares or voting rights aggregating to five per  cent   or  more   of  the  shares or  voting  rights  in  the  said company, or;

          (b) there  has been   a  change in holding  from  the  last  disclosure made under  sub-clause  (a)  of clause  (ii) of the  Explanation  to this sub-para and such change exceeds two per cent  of the total shareholding or voting rights in the said company.

          2. Issuance or forfeiture of securities, split or consolidation of shares, buyback of securities,  any  restriction  on  transferability  of securities   or alteration in  terms or structure of existing securities including forfeiture, reissue of forfeited securities, alteration of calls, redemption of securities etc.

          3. Revision in Rating(s).

          4. Outcome of Meetings of the  board of directors: The listed entity  shall disclose  to  the  Exchange(s),  within  30  minutes  of  the  closure  of  the meeting, held to consider the following:

          a)  dividends  and/or  cash bonuses recommended or  declared  or the decision to pass any dividend  and the date  on which dividend  shall be paid/dispatched;

          b) any cancellation of dividend  with reasons thereof;

          c) the decision on buyback of securities;

          d) the   decision   with   respect  to   fund   raising   proposed  to   be undertaken

          e) increase   in   capital   by   issue    of   bonus  shares   through capitalization including the date  on which  such bonus shares shall be credited/dispatched;

          f) reissue of forfeited shares or securities, or the  issue of shares or securities held in reserve for future  issue or the creation in any form or manner of new shares or securities or any other  rights, privileges or benefits to subscribe to;

          g) short particulars  of  any  other  alterations  of  capital,  including calls;

          h) financial results;

          i) decision on voluntary delisting by the listed entity from stock exchange(s).

          5. Agreements   (viz.    shareholder   agreement(s),   joint    venture agreement(s),   family   settlement   agreement(s)  (to   the   extent  that   it impacts management and  control  of the listed entity), agreement(s)/treaty(ies)/contract(s) with media companies) which are binding   and  not  in  normal  course of  business,   revision(s)  or amendment(s) and termination(s) thereof.

          6.  Fraud/defaults  by promoter or key managerial personnel or by listed entity or arrest of key managerial personnel or promoter.

          7. Change in  directors,  key  managerial  personnel  (Managing  Director, Chief Executive  Officer, Chief Financial Officer , Company Secretary etc.), Auditor and Compliance Officer.

          8. Appointment or discontinuation of share transfer agent.

          9. Corporate debt restructuring.

          10. One time settlement with a bank.

          11. Reference  to   BIFR  and   winding-up   petition   filed   by  any   party  /creditors.

          12. Issuance  of  Notices,  call  letters,  resolutions  and   circulars  sent to shareholders, debenture holders or creditors or any class of them  or advertised in the media by the listed entity.

          13. Proceedings  of  Annual   and   extraordinary  general  meetings  of  the listed entity.

          14. Amendments  to  memorandum and  articles  of  association  of  listed entity, in brief.

          15. Schedule  of Analyst  or institutional  investor  meet  and  presentations on  financial  results  made by the  listed  entity  to analysts  or institutional investors;

          B.  Events which shall be disclosed upon  application of the guidelines for materiality referred sub-regulation (4) of regulation (30):

          1. Commencement or any  postponement in the  date  of commencement of commercial production or commercial operations of any unit/division.

          2. Change in the  general character or nature of business brought about by  arrangements  for  strategic,  technical,  manufacturing,  or  marketing tie-up, adoption of new lines of business  or closure of operations of any unit/division (entirety  or piecemeal).

          3. Capacity addition or product launch.

          4.  Awarding,    bagging/    receiving,    amendment   or    termination    of awarded/bagged orders/contracts not in the normal course of business.

          5. Agreements (viz. loan agreement(s) (as a borrower) or any other agreement(s) which  are  binding  and  not  in normal  course of business) and revision(s) or amendment(s) or termination(s) thereof.

          6.  Disruption  of operations  of any  one  or more  units  or division  of the listed entity due to natural calamity (earthquake, flood, fire etc.), force majeure or events such as strikes, lockouts etc.

          7. Effect(s) arising out of change in the regulatory framework applicable to the listed entity

          8. Litigation(s) / dispute(s) / regulatory action(s) with impact.

          9. Fraud/defaults etc. by directors (other  than  key managerial personnel) or employees of listed entity.

          10. Options to purchase securities including any ESOP/ESPS Scheme.

          11. Giving of guarantees or indemnity or becoming a surety for any  third party.

          12. Granting,  withdrawal  ,  surrender ,  cancellation  or  suspension  of  key licenses or regulatory  approvals.

          C.  Any other  information/event  viz. major  development  that  is  likely to affect business,  e.g.  emergence of new  technologies,  expiry  of patents, any  change of accounting  policy  that  may  have  a significant  impact  on the  accounts,  etc.  and  brief  details  thereof and  any  other   information which is exclusively known  to the listed entity which may be necessary to enable the holders of securities of the listed entity to appraise its position and to avoid the establishment of a false market in such securities.

          D.  Without  prejudice to the  generality of para  (A), (B) and  (C) above, the listed entity  may  make  disclosures  of event/information as specified by the Board from time to time.

          PART  B: DISCLOSURE OF  INFORMATION HAVING BEARING ON PERFORMANCE/OPERATION OF LISTED ENTITY AND/OR PRICE SENSITIVE INFORMATION: NON-CONVERTIBLE  DEBT SECURITIES &  NON-CONVERTIBLE REDEEMABLE PREFERENCE SHARES

          [See Regulation 51(2)]

          A.  The  listed  entity   shall  promptly  inform   to  the   stock  exchange(s)  of  all information which shall have  bearing on performance/operation of the listed entity  or is price  sensitive or shall affect payment of interest or dividend  of non-convertible  preference shares  or  redemption  of  non  convertible  debt securities or redeemable preference shares including :

          (1) expected default  in timely  payment of interests/preference  dividend  or redemption    or    repayment   amount   or    both    in    respect   of    the non-convertible  debt  securities  and  non-convertible  redeemable preference shares and also default in creation of security for debentures as soon as the same becomes apparent;

          (2) any  attachment or  prohibitory  orders restraining  the  listed  entity  from transferring  non-convertible  debt   securities  or  non-convertible redeemable   preference shares  from   the   account  of   the   registered holders   along-with   the   particulars   of  the   numbers  of  securities   so affected , the  names of the  registered holders and  their  demat account details;

          (3) any action which shall  result in the redemption, conversion, cancellation, retirement in whole or in part of any non-convertible debt securities or reduction, redemption, cancellation, retirement in whole  or in part  of any non-convertible redeemable preference shares;

          (4) any    action    that    shall    affect   adversely    payment   of   interest    on non-convertible     debt     securities     or     payment    of     dividend      on non-convertible   redeemable   preference shares  including   default   by issuer to pay  interest on non-convertible debt  securities or redemption amount and failure to create a charge on the assets;

          (5) any  change in  the  form  or  nature of  any  of  its  non-convertible  debt securities  or  non-convertible  redeemable  preference shares  that   are listed  on  the  stock exchange(s) or  in  the  rights  or  privileges  of  the holders thereof and  make  an  application for listing of the  securities as changed, if the stock exchange(s) so require;

          (6) any  changes in the  general character or nature of business / activities, disruption of operation due  to natural calamity, and  commencement of commercial production / commercial operations;

          (7) any  events such as strikes and  lock outs. which  have  a bearing on the interest payment/ dividend  payment / principal  repayment capacity;

          (8) details of any letter  or comments made by debenture trustees regarding payment/non-payment  of interest  on  due  dates,  payment/non-payment of principal  on the due dates or any other  matter concerning the security, listed entity and /or the assets along  with its comments thereon, if any;

          (9) delay/  default  in  payment of  interest  or  dividend   / principal   amount/redemption for a period  of more than  three  months from the due date;

          (10) failure to create charge on the assets within the stipulated time period;

          (11) any  instance(s)  of  default/delay  in  timely  repayment  of  interests  or principal  obligations or both  in respect of the  debt  securities including, any proposal for re-scheduling or postponement of the repayment programmes of the dues/debts of the listed entity with any investor(s)/lender(s).

          Explanation:-   For  the   purpose  of  this  sub-para,  ‘default’  shall  mean Non-payment  of  interest  or  principal  amount in full on  the  pre-agreed date  and  shall be recognized at the first instance of delay  in servicing of any interest or principal  on debt.

          (12) any  major  change in composition  of its  board of directors,  which  may amount to  change in  control   as defined  in  Securities  and  Exchange Board  of India (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and  Takeovers) Regulations, 2011;

          (13) any revision in the rating;

          (14) the following approvals by board of directors in their meeting:-

          (a) the decision to pass any interest payment;

          (b) short   particulars  of  any  increase  of  capital  whether by  issue  of bonus  securities  through  capitalization,  or  by     way     of     right securities  to  be  offered to  the  debenture holders,  or in any  other way;

          (15) all the information, report, notices, call letters, circulars, proceedings, etc concerning non-convertible redeemable preference shares or  non convertible debt securities;

          (16) any  other   change that   shall  affect the  rights  and   obligations  of  the holders of non-convertible debt  securities / non-convertible redeemable preference  shares,  any   other   information  not   in  the   public   domain necessary to  enable  the  holders  of  the  listed  securities  to  clarify  its position  and   to  avoid   the  creation  of  a  false  market in  such listed securities or any other  information having  bearing on the operation/performance of the listed entity  as well as price  sensitive information.

          PART C: DISCLOSURES OF MATERIAL EVENTS OR INFORMATION: INDIAN DEPOSITORY RECEIPTS

          [See Regulation 68(2)]

          A. The listed entity  shall promptly inform  to the  stock exchange(s) of all events which  are  material  and/or  all information  which  are  price  sensitive  or   have bearing on performance/operation of the listed entity at the same time and  to the extent it intimates to the listing authority or any other  authority in its home country or other  jurisdictions where  its securities may be listed or other  stock exchange(s) in its  home country or  other  jurisdictions  where  its  securities may be listed including:

          (1) any   action   or   investigations   initiated   by  any   regulatory   or   statutory authority and the purpose for which it was initiated.

          (2) any  attachment or  prohibitory  orders restraining  the  listed  entity  from transferring securities out of the names of the registered holders and particulars of the registered holders thereof.

          (3) the  meeting of  the  board of directors which  has been  held  to consider or decide on the following :

          (a) all dividends  and/or  cash bonuses recommended or declared  or the decision to pass any dividend  or cash bonus;

          (b) the  total  turnover, gross profit/loss, provision for depreciation, tax provisions and net profits for the year (with comparison with the previous   year)   and   the   amounts  appropriated   from   reserves, capital profits, accumulated profits  of past years or other  special source to  provide  wholly  or  partly  for  any  dividend,  even  if this calls   for  qualification   that   such  information   is   provisional   or subject to audit;

          (c) the  recommendation  or declaration  of dividend  or rights  issue  or issue of convertible debentures or of debentures carrying a right to subscribe to equity shares or the passing over of the dividend

          (d) any decision on buy back  of equity shares of the listed entity,;

          (4) Change in

          (a) board of directors of listed entity  by death, resignation, removal or otherwise;

          (b) managing director;

          (c) auditors appointed to audit the books and accounts;

          (d) the compliance officer;

          (e) the  registrar to an  issue and/or share transfer agent, domestic depository or the overseas custodian bank;

          (5) any change in the rights attaching to any class of equity shares into which the Indian Depository Receipts  are exchangeable;

          (6) short particulars  of  any  increase  of  capital  whether by  issue  of  bonus shares through capitalization, or by rights issue of equity  shares, or in any other  manner;

          (7) short particulars  of the  reissues  of forfeited  shares or securities,  or the issue of shares or securities held in reserve for future  issue or the creation in any  form  or  manner of  new  shares or  securities  or  any  other  rights, privileges or benefits to subscribe thereto;

          (8) short particulars of any other  alterations of capital, including calls;

          (9) in  the  event  of  the  listed  entity granting  any  options  to  purchase any Indian Depository Receipts the following particulars::

          (a) the   number  of   Indian   Depository   Receipts   covered  by   such options,   terms thereof and  the time within which  they may  be exercised;

          (b) any   subsequent  changes  or  cancellation   or  exercise   of  such options;

          (10) Notices,  resolutions,  circulars,  call  letters  or any  other  circulars  etc.issued or advertised anywhere with respect to:

          (a) proceedings  at  all annual  and  extraordinary  general  meetings  of the listed entity, including notices of meetings and  proceedings of meeting;

          (b) amendments to its constitutional documents as soon as they have been  approved by the listed entity in general meeting;

          (c) compliance  with  requirements  in  home  country  or  in  other jurisdictions where  such securities are listed;

          (d) any  merger,  amalgamation,  re-construction,  reduction  of  capital, scheme or arrangement involving  the  listed entity  including meetings of equity  shareholders, IDR Holders or any class of them and proceedings at all such meetings;

          (11) any   other   information   necessary  to   enable   the   IDR  Holders   to appraise the listed entity’s position and  to avoid  the establishment of a false market in IDRs;

          B. The listed entity  shall, apart from complying with all specific requirements as above, intimate the stock exchange(s) immediately of events such as strikes, lock outs, closure on account of power  cuts, etc.  and  other  material events or price  sensitive information or events which  shall have  a material bearing on the   performance /  operations   of   the   listed   entity   both   at   the   time   of occurrence of the  event  and  subsequently after  the  cessation of the  event  at the same time and  as to the extent that  it discloses to holders of securities in its home country or in other  jurisdictions where  such securities are listed;

          C. In addition to above, the  listed entity  shall disclose to the  stock exchange(s), any  information which  is disclosed to any  other  overseas stock exchange(s) or  made  public   in  any   other   overseas  securities   market,   on   which   its securities may be listed or quoted, simultaneously with such disclosure or publication, or as soon thereafter as may be reasonably practicable;

          D.The listed entity  shall submit to the  stock exchange(s) on request any  other information   concerning   the   listed   entity   as  the   stock  exchange(s)  may reasonably require;

          PART-D: DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION  HAVING BEARING ON PERFORMANCE/ OPERATION OF LISTED ENTITY AND/OR  PRICE SENSITIVE INFORMATION: SECURITISED DEBT INSTRUMENT

          [See Regulation 83(2)]

          A. The   listed   entity   shall   promptly   inform   the   stock  exchange(s)  of   all information having  bearing on the performance/operation of the listed entity and  price sensitive information including:

          (1) any  attachment or  prohibitory  orders restraining  the  listed  entity  from transferring   securitized   debt   instruments   from   the   account  of   then registered holders and particulars of the numbers of securitized debt instruments  so affected and  the  names of  the  registered  holders  and their demat account details;

          (2) any  action  that  shall  result  in the  redemption,  conversion,  cancellation, retirement in whole or in part of any securitized debt instruments;

          (3) any action that  shall affect adversely payment of interest on securitized debt instruments;

          (4) any   change  in  the   form   or   nature  of   any   of   its   securitized   debt instruments  that  are  listed  on  the  stock exchange(s) or in the  rights  or privileges of the holders thereof and  to make  an application for listing of the said securities as changed, if the stock exchange(s) so requires;

          (5) expected  default   in   timely   payment  of   interest   or   redemption   or repayment amount or both  in respect of the securitized debt  instruments listed   on   the   recognised   stock  exchange(s) as  soon  as  the   same becomes apparent;

          (6) changes in  the  General   Character  or  nature of  business  / activities, disruption of operation due to natural calamity etc;

          (7)  revision in rating  as a result of credit rating  done  periodically;

          (8) delay/  default  in payment of interest/principal  amount to the  investors for a period  of more  than  three  months from the due date;  and

          (9) any  other  change that  shall  affect the  rights  and  obligations  of  the holders of securitized debt  instruments, any  other  information not  in the   public   domain  necessary  to  enable  the   holders  of  the   listed securitized debt instruments to clarify its position and to avoid the creation of a false market in such listed securities or any other information having  bearing on the operation/performance of the listed entity as well as price sensitive information.

      • Schedule IV- Disclosures In Financial Results

          SCHEDULE IV

          PART A: DISCLOSURES IN FINANCIAL RESULTS

          [See Regulation 33(1)(e)]

          The listed entity shall disclose the following while preparing the financial results:-

          A. Changes in accounting policies, if any, shall be disclosed in accordance with Accounting Standard 5 or Indian  Accounting Standard 8 , as applicable, specified in Section 133 of the Companies Act, 2013  read  with relevant rules framed thereunder or by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, whichever is applicable.

          B. If the  auditor has expressed any  modified opinion(s) or other  reservation(s) in respect of audited financial results submitted or published under  this para, the listed entity shall disclose such modified opinion(s) or other  reservation(s) and cumulative impact of the same on profit or loss, net worth, total assets, turnover/total  income,  earning  per  share or any  other  financial  item(s)  which may be impacted due to    modified opinion(s) or other  reservation(s), while publishing or submitting such results.

          C. If the auditor has expressed any modified opinion(s) or other  reservation(s) in his audit  report  or limited  review  report  in respect of the  financial results of any  previous  financial year  or quarter which  has an  impact on  the  profit  or loss  of the  reportable period, the  listed entity  shall include  as a note  to the financial results –

          (i)  how   the   modified  opinion(s)  or  other   reservation(s)  has been resolved; or

          (ii) if the  same has not  been  resolved,  the  reason thereof and  the steps which the listed entity intends to take in the matter.

          D.  If  the   listed   entity   has  changed its   name  suggesting   any   new   line  of business, it shall disclose the net sales or income, expenditure and  net profit or loss after  tax figures pertaining to the said new line of business separately in the  financial results and  shall continue to make  such disclosures for the three  years succeeding the date  of change in name:

          Provided that  the tax expense shall be allocated between the said new line of business and  other  business of the listed entity  in the ratio of the respective figures of net profit before tax, subject to any exemption, deduction or concession available under  the tax laws.

          E. If the listed entity had not commenced commercial production or commercial operations during the reportable period, the listed entity shall, instead of submitting financial results, disclose the following details:

          (i)  details  of  amount raised  i.e.  proceeds of  any  issue  of  shares or debentures made by the listed entity;

          (ii) the portions thereof which is utilized and that remaining unutilized;

          (iii) the details of investment made pending utilisation ;

          (iv) brief description of the project which is pending completion;

          (v) status of the project and

          (vi) expected  date    of   commencement  of   commercial   production   or commercial operations:

          Provided that  the details mentioned above shall be approved by the board of directors  based on  certification  by  the  chief   executive  officer   and   chief financial officer.

          F.  All  items   of   income   and    expenditure   arising   out   of   transactions   of exceptional nature shall be disclosed.

          G. Extraordinary items, if applicable, shall be disclosed in accordance with Accounting Standard 5 (AS 5 – Net Profit or Loss for the Period, Prior Period Items and  Changes in Accounting Policies) or Companies (Accounting Standards) Rules, 2006, whichever is applicable.

          H. The listed entity, whose revenues are subject to material seasonal variations, shall disclose the seasonal nature of their activities and  the listed entity may supplement  their  financial  results  with  information  for  the  twelve  month period  ending  on  the  last  day  of the  quarter for the  current and  preceding years on a rolling basis.

          I. The  listed  entity  shall  disclose  any  event   or  transaction  which  occurred during   or  before the  quarter that   is  material  to  an  understanding  of  the results  for the  quarter including  but  not  limited  to completion  of expansion and   diversification  programmes,  strikes  and   lock-outs,  change  in management,  change in  capital  structure and   the  listed  entity  shall  also disclose similar material events or transactions that  take  place  subsequent to the end of the quarter.

          J. The listed entity  shall disclose the  following  in respect of dividends paid  or recommended for the year, including interim dividends :

          (i)  amount of dividend  distributed or proposed for distribution per share; the amounts in respect of different classes of shares shall be distinguished   and   the   nominal   values   of   shares  shall   also   be indicated;

          (ii) where   dividend   is  paid  or  proposed to  be  paid  pro-rata  for  shares allotted  during  the  year,  the  date  of allotment  and  number of shares allotted,  pro-rata  amount of  dividend   per  share and   the  aggregate amount of dividend  paid or proposed to be paid on pro-rata basis.

          K. The listed entity  shall disclose the  effect  on the  financial results of material changes in  the  composition  of  the  listed  entity,  if any,  including  but  not limited  to  business  combinations,  acquisitions  or  disposal  of  subsidiaries and  long  term  investments,  any  other   form  of  restructuring  and discontinuance of operations.

          L. The listed entity  shall ensure that  segment reporting is done  in accordance with  AS-17  or  Indian  Accounting  Standard 108  as applicable,  specified  in Section 133 of the Companies Act, 2013 read  with relevant rules framed thereunder or by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, whichever is applicable.

          PART B: PREPARTION AND DISCLSOURES IN FINANCIAL RESULTS OF LISTED ENTITY WHICH HAS LISTED ITS INDIAN DEPOSITORY RECEIPTS

          [See Regulation 70(2) and 71(3)]

          The  listed  entity  shall  comply  with  the  following  requirements  while  preparing the financial results:-

          A.  Periodicity of Disclosure of Financial Results

          (1) Financial  results  may  be  given  on  annual,  half  yearly  and/or  quarterly basis, as required under  the requirements of the home country.

          B.  Accounting  Principle  to  be  used in preparation  and  disclosure  of  financial Results:

          (1)  The   listed   entity   may   prepare  and   disclose   its   financial   results   in accordance with Indian  GAAP or    International Financial Reporting Standards IFRS or US GAAP

          (2) In case the  listed  entity  prepares and  discloses  the  financial  results  as per   US  GAAP,  a  reconciliation  statement  vis-a-vis  Indian   GAAP  and summary of  significant  differences  between the  Indian  GAAP and  US GAAP has to be annexed.

          (3) If financial results are prepared in accordance with IFRS, then  listed entity shall  annex  only  the  summary of  significant  differences  between the Indian GAAP and IFRS.

          (4) If the listed entity is shifting from IFRS to US GAAP or vice versa then  the accounts relating to the previous period  shall be properly  restated for comparison;

          (5) The  Accounting  / Reporting  Standard followed  for  any  interim  results shall be consistent with that of the Annual results.

          (6) The  financial  results  so submitted  shall  be  based on  the  same set of accounting policies as those followed  in the  previous year  provided that in  case,  there   are  changes in  the  accounting  policies,  the  results  of previous year  shall be restated as per the  present accounting policies, to make  it comparable with current year results;

          C. Auditing/Limited Review

          (1) In case the  listed  entity  prepares and  discloses  the  financial  results  as per Indian  GAAP, the listed entity  shall ensure that  the annual, half yearly and/or quarterly results, as required under  the  laws , rules or regulations of  home  country,  shall  be  audited  or  subject  to  limited   review  by  a Chartered Accountant in  accordance with  Auditing  ad  Assurance Standards.

          (2) In case the  listed  entity  prepares and  discloses  the  financial  results  as per  US GAAP or IFRS, the  listed entity  shall ensure that  the  annual, half yearly and/or quarterly results, as required under  the laws, rules or regulations of home country shall be audited or subject to limited  review by professional accountant or certified public  accountant in accordance with  the  International  Standards on  Auditing.  The  auditor’s  report  shall also be prepared in accordance with the International Standards on Auditing.

          D. Disclosures

          (1) The listed entity shall disclose the audit  qualification(s) or any other  audit reservation(s)   along    with   the    financial   results   in   addition   to   the explanatory statement as to how audit  qualification(s) or any  other  audit reservation(s)   in   respect  of   the   audited   accounts  of   the   previous accounting year have  been  addressed in the financial results;

          (2) Format

          (a)  The listed entity  shall ensure that, if Indian  GAAP is followed  in preparation of the financial results the format of the disclosure of financial results shall be as prescribed by the Board.

          (b)  In case if Indian GAAP is not followed, the format of such disclosure shall be as per the disclosure requirements of the listed entity in the home country where  the listed entity is listed.

          (3) The listed entity  shall make  disclosures of its financial information in its functional  currency/reporting  currency/national  currency  and   the reporting  currency  shall  be  restricted  to  Sterling   Pound/Euro/Yen/US Dollar.

          (4) The  listed  entity  shall provide  convenient translation  into  Indian  Rupees of   the   latest   year’s/periods   statements  (as   the   case  may   be)   of consolidated  profit  and  losses,  assets and  liabilities  and  cash flows,  at the   closing  rate   of  exchange,  as at  the   date   on  which   the   financial information is presented.

          (5) The listed entity shall provide  convenient translations in English and other notes such that  the  IDR Holders  are  able  to  understand such financial statements.

      • Schedule V-Annual Report

          SCHEDULE V: ANNUAL REPORT

          [See Regulation 34(3) and 53(f)]

          The annual report  shall contain the following additional disclosures: A. Related Party Disclosure:

          1. The listed entity shall make  disclosures in compliance with the Accounting Standard on “Related Party Disclosures”.

          2. The disclosure requirements shall be as follows:

          S.No In the Accounts of 

          Disclosures  of  amounts at  the  year  end  and  the  maximum amount of loans/ advances/ Investments outstanding during the year.

          1.

          Holding Company

          a) Loans and  advances in the nature of loans to subsidiaries by name and amount.

          b) Loans and  advances in the  nature of loans to associates by name and amount.

          c) Loans    and    advances   in    the    nature   of    loans    to firms/companies   in  which   directors   are   interested   by name and amount.

          2. Subsidiary

          Same disclosures as applicable to the parent company in the accounts of subsidiary company.

          3.

          Holding Company

          Investments by the  loanee in the  shares of parent company and  subsidiary  company,  when   the  company has made a loan or advance in the nature of loan.


          For  the  purpose of  above disclosures  directors’  interest  shall  have  the same meaning as given in Section184 of Companies Act, 2013.

          3. The  above disclosures  shall  be  applicable  to all listed  entities  except for listed banks.

          B. Management Discussion and Analysis:

          1. This  section shall include  discussion on  the  following  matters within  the limits set by the listed entity’s competitive position:

          (a) Industry structure and developments.

          (b) Opportunities and Threats.

          (c) Segment–wise or product-wise performance.

          (d) Outlook

          (e) Risks and concerns.

          (f) Internal  control  systems and their adequacy.

          (g) Discussion   on   financial   performance  with   respect  to   operational performance.

          (h) Material   developments  in  Human Resources  / Industrial  Relations front, including number of people employed.

          2. Disclosure of Accounting Treatment: Where  in  the  preparation  of  financial  statements,  a  treatment different from  that  prescribed  in an  Accounting  Standard has been  followed,  the fact shall be disclosed in the financial statements, together with the management’s explanation as to why it believes such alternative treatment is more  representative of the true and  fair view of the underlying business transaction.

          C. Corporate Governance Report: The following  disclosures shall be made in the section on the corporate governance of the annual report.

          (1) A brief statement on listed entity’s philosophy on code  of governance.

          (2) Board of directors:

          (a) composition and category of  directors  (e.g.  promoter,  executive,non-executive,independent  non-executive, nominee director - institution represented and whether as lender  or as equity investor);

          (b) attendance of each director at the meeting of the board of directors and the last annual general meeting;

          (c) number  of  other   board  of  directors  or  committees  in  which   a directors is a member or chairperson;

          (d) number of  meetings  of  the  board of  directors  held  and  dates on which held;

          (e) disclosure of relationships between directors inter-se;

          (f) number  of   shares  and   convertible   instruments   held   by   non- executive directors;

          (g) web  link where  details  of familiarisation  programmes imparted  to independent directors is disclosed.

          (3) Audit committee:

          (a) brief description of terms of reference;

          (b) composition, name of members and chairperson; (c) meetings and attendance during the year.

          (4) Nomination and Remuneration Committee:

          (a) brief description of terms of reference;

          (b) composition, name of members and chairperson;

          (c) meeting and attendance during the year;

          (d) performance evaluation criteria  for independent directors.

          (5) Remuneration of Directors:

          (a) all  pecuniary   relationship   or  transactions   of  the   non-executive directors vis-à-vis the  listed entity  shall be  disclosed in the  annual report;

          (b) criteria     of     making      payments    to     non-executive     directors. alternatively, this may be disseminated on the listed entity’s website and reference drawn  thereto in the annual report;

          (c) disclosures with respect to remuneration: in addition to disclosures required under  the  Companies Act, 2013, the  following  disclosures shall be made:

          (i)   all elements of remuneration package of individual  directors summarized under  major  groups, such as salary, benefits, bonuses, stock options, pension etc;

          (ii)  details of fixed component and  performance linked incentives, along  with the performance criteria;

          (iii) service contracts, notice  period, severance fees;

          (iv) stock option  details, if any and whether issued at a discount as well as the  period  over  which  accrued and  over  which exercisable.

          (6) Stakeholders' grievance  committee:

          (a) name of non-executive director heading the committee;

          (b) name and designation of compliance officer;

          (c) number of shareholders’ complaints received so far; (d) number not solved to the satisfaction of shareholders; (e) number of pending complaints.

          (7) General  body meetings:

          (a) location and time, where  last three  annual general meetings held;

          (b) whether any special resolutions passed in the previous three  annual general meetings;

          (c) whether  any  special  resolution  passed last  year  through postal ballot – details of voting pattern;

          (d) person who conducted the postal ballot exercise;

          (e) whether any special resolution is proposed to be conducted through postal ballot;

          (f) procedure for postal ballot.

          (8) Means of communication:

          (a) quarterly results;

          (b) newspapers wherein results normally  published; (c) any website, where  displayed;

          (d) whether it also displays official news releases; and

          (e) presentations made to institutional investors or to the analysts.

          (9) General  shareholder information:

          (a) annual general meeting - date, time and venue;

          (b) financial year;

          (c) dividend  payment date;

          (d) the  name and   address of  each  stock exchange(s) at  which  the listed   entity's   securities   are   listed   and   a   confirmation   about payment of annual listing fee to each of such stock exchange(s);

          (e) stock code;

          (f) market price  data-  high,  low  during  each month in last  financial year;

          (g) performance in comparison  to  broad-based  indices  such as BSE sensex, CRISIL Index etc;

          (h) in  case the  securities  are  suspended from  trading,  the  directors report  shall explain  the reason thereof;

          (i)  registrar to an issue and  share transfer agents;

          (j)  share transfer system;

          (k) distribution of shareholding;

          (l)  dematerialization of shares and  liquidity;

          (m) outstanding global  depository receipts or american depository receipts  or  warrants or  any  convertible  instruments,  conversion date  and  likely impact on equity;

          (n) commodity   price   risk   or   foreign   exchange  risk   and   hedging activities;

          (o) plant  locations;

          (p) address for correspondence.

          (10) Other Disclosures:

          (a) disclosures  on  materially  significant  related  party   transactions that  may  have  potential conflict  with the  interests  of listed entity at large;

          (b) details of non-compliance by the  listed entity, penalties, strictures imposed on the  listed entity  by stock exchange(s) or the  board or any  statutory authority,  on  any  matter related  to capital  markets, during  the last three  years;

          (c) details of establishment of vigil mechanism, whistle blower  policy, and  affirmation  that  no  personnel  has been  denied  access to  the audit committee;

          (d) details of compliance with mandatory requirements and adoption of the non-mandatory requirements;

          (e) web  link where  policy  for  determining ‘material’ subsidiaries is disclosed;

          (f) web link where  policy on dealing with related party transactions;

          (g) disclosure   of   commodity   price   risks   and   commodity   hedging activities.

          (11) Non-compliance of any requirement of corporate governance report  of sub-paras (2) to (10) above, with reasons thereof shall be disclosed.

          (12) The  corporate governance report   shall  also  disclose  the  extent to which the discretionary requirements as specified in Part E of Schedule II have  been  adopted.

          (13) The   disclosures   of   the    compliance   with   corporate  governance requirements specified in regulation 17 to 27 and  clauses (b) to (i) of sub-regulation  (2)  of  regulation 46  shall  be  made in  the  section  on corporate governance of the annual report.

          D. Declaration signed by the chief executive officer  stating that  the members of board of directors and  senior management personnel have  affirmed compliance with the code  of conduct of board of directors and  senior management.

          E. Compliance   certificate   from   either   the   auditors   or   practicing   company secretaries regarding compliance of conditions of corporate governance shall be annexed with the directors’ report.

          F. Disclosures with respect to demat suspense account/ unclaimed suspense account

          (1) The listed entity shall disclose the following details in its annual report, as long  as there  are  shares in the  demat suspense  account or unclaimed suspense account, as applicable :

          (a) aggregate number of shareholders  and  the  outstanding shares in the  suspense account lying at the beginning of the year;

          (b)  number of shareholders who approached listed entity for transfer of shares from suspense account during the year;

          (c)   number of  shareholders  to  whom   shares were  transferred from suspense account during the year;

          (d)  aggregate number of shareholders  and  the  outstanding shares in the  suspense account lying at the end of the year;

          (e)  that  the  voting  rights  on  these shares shall  remain  frozen  till the rightful  owner  of such shares claims the shares.

      • Schedule VI- Manner Of Dealing With Unclaimed Shares

          SCHEDULE VI: MANNER OF DEALING WITH UNCLAIMED SHARES

          [See Regulation 39(4)]

          A. The  listed  entity  may  delegate  the  following  procedural  requirements  to  a share transfer agent.

          B. Reminders to be sent

          (1) The  listed  entity  shall  send at  least  three  reminders  at  the  address as mentioned below:

          (a) For shares in physical form, reminders shall be  sent to the  address given  in the application form as well as last available address as per listed entity’s record.

          (b) For  shares in demat form,  reminders  shall  be  sent to  the  address captured in depository’s database or address given in the application form, in case of application made in physical form.

          C. Procedure in case of non receipt of response to reminders

          (1) For  shares in demat form,  the  unclaimed  shares shall  be  credited  to a demat suspense account with one of the Depository Participants, opened by the listed entity for this purpose.

          (2) For shares in physical form, the  listed entity  shall transfer all the  shares into  one  folio in the  name of “Unclaimed  Suspense Account”  and  shall dematerialise the  shares held  in the  Unclaimed  Suspense Account with one of the Depository Participants.

          (3) The listed entity  shall maintain details of shareholding of each individual allottee  whose shares are  credited  to such demat suspense account or unclaimed suspense account, as applicable.

          (4) The   demat  suspense   account  or   unclaimed   suspense  account, as applicable  shall  be  held   by  the   listed  entity   purely   on  behalf   of  the allottees  who  are  entitled  to  the  shares and  the  shares held  in  such suspense  account shall  not  be  transferred in any  manner whatsoever except for the purpose of allotting  the shares to the allottee as and  when he/she approaches the listed entity.

          Provided  that  all such shares,  in respect of  which  unpaid  or  unclaimed dividend  has been  transferred under  Section 124 (5) of the Companies Act, 2013,  shall  also  be  transferred by  the  listed  entity  in  accordance with Section 124 (6) of the Companies Act, 2013 and rules made thereunder.

          D. Procedure in case of claim by allottee

          (1) As  and  when  the  allottee  approaches the  listed  entity,  the  listed  entity shall, after  proper verification of the  identity  of the  allottee either   credit the    shares   lying    in    the    Unclaimed  Suspense   Account or  demat suspense account, as applicable, to  the   demat  account  of  the   allottee to   the    extent   of   the  allottee’s    entitlement,  or   deliver  the    physical certificates after   re-materialising  the same, depending on what  has been opted for by the allottee:

          Provided that  the rematerialising of the physical certificates shall be done only in case where  the shares were originally issued in physical form.

          E. Dealing  with Corporate Benefits (in terms of securities accruing) and  Voting Rights on such Unclaimed Shares

          (1) Any corporate benefits  in terms of securities  accruing on such shares viz.  bonus  shares,  split  etc.,  shall  also  be  credited  to  such demat suspense account or unclaimed suspense account, as applicable for a period  of seven years and  thereafter shall  be  transferred by the  listed entity in accordance with provisions of Section 124(5)  read  with Section 124 (6) of the Companies Act, 2013 and rules made thereunder.

          (2) The voting  rights on such unclaimed shares shall remain frozen  till the rightful owner  claims the shares.

      • Schedule VII- Transfer Of Securities

          SCHEDULE  VII: TRANSFER OF SECURITIES

          [See Regulation 40(7) and 61(4)

          A. REQUIREMENT OF PAN

          (1) For  registration  of  transfer  of  securities,  the  transferee(s) as  well  as transferor(s) shall furnish a copy  of their PAN card  to the  listed entity  for registration of transfer of securities.

          (2) For   securities   market  transactions   and/or   for   off-market   or   private transactions  involving  transfer of  shares in  physical  form,  the transferee(s) as well as transferor(s) shall furnish copy of PAN card  to the listed entity for registration of such transfer of securities.

          (3) In  cases where   PAN  card   is  not  available  i.e.  in  case of  residents  of Sikkim,  the  requirement  of  PAN Card  may  be  substituted  with  Identity proof.

          (4) In case of mismatch in PAN card  details as well as difference in maiden name and  current name,  in case of  married  women,  of  the  holder(s)  of securities, the  listed entity  may  collect  the  PAN card  as submitted by the transferee(s) or transferor(s) as the case maybe:

          Provided that  this shall be subject to the listed entity verifying the veracity of the  claim  of such transferee(s) or transferor(s) by collecting sufficient documentary evidence in support of the identity of the transferee(s) or transferor(s).

          B.  DIFFERENCES IN SIGNATURE

          (1)  In case of  minor  differences  in  the  signature  of  the  transferor(s),  the listed entity shall follow the following procedure for registering transfer of securities:

          (a) the  listed  entity  shall  promptly  send to  the  first  transferor(s),  via speed post an  intimation of  the  aforesaid defect in the  documents and  inform  the transferor(s) that  objection, supported by valid proof, is not lodged by the  transferor(s) with the listed entity  within fifteen days of receipt of the listed entity’s letter, then  the securities shall be transferred;

          (b) if the  intimation  to  the  transferor(s) is  delivered  and  the   objection from   the   transferor(s) with  supporting  documents is  not  received within  fifteen   days,  the   listed  entity   shall  transfer  the   securities provided  the  listed  entity  does not  suspect fraud  or  forgery  in the matter:

          Provided that  the  listed entity  shall maintain proof  of delivery  for in their record(s).

          (2) In case of major  differences in, or non-availability of, the signature of the transferor(s),  the  listed  entity  shall  follow  the  following  procedure for registering transfer of securities:

          (a) The  listed  entity  shall  promptly  send to  the  transferee(s),  via Speed Post,   an   Objection   Memo   along   with   the   documents  in  original marking the  reason as “material signature difference/ non-availability of signature” and  an advice  to ensure submission of requested documents of the transferor(s);

          (b) The listed entity  shall also send a copy  of the Objection memo as per clause (a) of sub-para (2) to the transferor(s), via Speed Post, simultaneously;

          (c) The above Objection Memo  in clause (a) and  (b) of sub-para (2) shall also state the requirement of additional documents of transferor(s) as follows for effecting the transfer:

          (i)  an Affidavit to update transferor(s) signature in its records;

          (ii) an  original  unsigned cancelled cheque and  banker’s attestation of the transferor(s) signature and address);

          (iii) contact details of the  transferor(s) and ;

          (d) If the  intimation  to  both  the  transferor(s) and  the  transferee(s) are delivered, requested documents of the  transferor(s) are  submitted to the  listed entity  and  the  address attested by the  bank  tallies with the address available in the database of listed entity, the listed entity, shall transfer the  securities  provided  the  listed  entity  does not  suspect fraud  or forgery  in the matter:

          Provided   that   listed   entity   shall   maintain   proof   of   delivery   in  their record(s).

          C.  ADITIONAL     DOCUMENTATION     REQUIREMENTS      IN       CASE       OF TRANSMISSION OF SECURITIES

          (1) In case of transmission of securities held  in dematerialized mode, where the  securities  are   held  in  a  single  name  without   a  nominee,  for  the purpose of following  simplified documentation, as prescribed by the depositories  vide  bye-laws  or   operating  instructions,  as applicable,  the threshold limit is rupees five lakhs only per beneficiary owner  account.

          (2) In case of transmission of securities held in physical mode:

          (a)  where  the securities are held in single name with a nominee:

          (i)  duly signed transmission request form by the nominee;

          (ii) original or copy of death certificate duly attested by a notary  public or by a gazetted officer;

          (iii) self attested copy of PAN card  of the nominee.

          (b)  where    the   securities   are   held   in   single   name  without    a nominee, a affidavit  made on appropriate non judicial stamp paper , to the   effect   of  identification   and   claim   of  legal   ownership   to   the securities shall be required and additionally

          (i)  for value  of securities, threshold limit of upto  rupees two lakh only, per  listed  entity,  as on  date   of  application,  one  or  more   of  the following documents may be submitted :

          1.   No  objection  certificate  from  all  legal  heir(s)  who  do  not object  to  such transmission  or  copy  of  family  settlement deed  duly notarized or attested by a gazetted officer and executed by all the legal heirs of the deceased holder;

          2.  indemnity made on appropriate non judicial stamp paper, indemnifying the listed entity ;

          (ii) for value  of securities, threshold limit, more  than  rupees two lakh, per listed entity, as on date  of application, succession certificate or probate of will or letter  of administration or court  decree shall be submitted;

          (iii) the  listed  entity  however,  at  its  discretion,  may  enhance value  of securities, threshold limit, of rupees two lakh.

      • Schedule VIII- Manner Of Reviewing Form B Accompanying Annual Audited Results

          SCHEDULE  VIII - MANNER  OF REVIEWING FORM B ACCOMPANYING ANNUAL AUDITED RESULTS

          [See Regulations 33(6) and 33(7) , 52(3)(b) and  52(3)(c) and 95]

          A.  REVIEW BY STOCK EXCHANGE(S)

          The stock exchange(s) shall adopt the following  procedure for reviewing  the Form B and  accompanying annual audit  reports submitted in terms of clause (d) of sub-regulation (3) of regulation 33 and  clause (a) of sub-regulation (3) of 52:

          (1) Stock    exchange(s)  shall   carry    out   preliminary   scrutiny   of   reports accompanied  by Form  B including  seeking  necessary explanation  from the listed entity concerned and  consider the same based on materiality of the modified opinion(s).

          (2) The  parameters for  ascertaining  the  materiality  of  modified  opinion(s) shall be the impact of these modified opinions on the profit and  loss and financial position of the listed entity.

          (3) For  the   purpose  of  uniformity,   stock  exchange(s)  shall   consult   one another for deciding the criteria  for preliminary scrutiny.

          (4) Further, stock exchange(s) shall also consult one  another for distributing the  work in case shares of the  listed entity  concerned are  listed on more than  one stock exchange(s).

          (5) Upon examining the  audit  reports based on the  above parameters, stock exchange(s) shall refer  those cases, which, in their  opinion, need  further examination, to the Board.

          (6) Stock  exchange(s) shall display the  list of listed entities which  have  filed their audit reports along  with Form B.

          B.  REVIEW BY THE QUALIFIED AUDIT REPORT REVIEW COMMITTEE

          (1) The  qualified  audit  report  review  committee  shall  be  constituted  by the board comprising  of  representatives  from  Institute  of  Chartered Accountants  of  India,  stock exchange(s),  Ministry  of  Corporate Affairs etc.

          (2) The   qualified   audit   report   review   committee   shall   review   the   cases received from  the  stock exchange(s) and  guide  the  Board  in processing the annual audit reports with modified opinion(s).

          (3) After  analyzing  the  modified  opinion(s)  in audit  reports,  qualified  audit report  review committee may make  the following recommendations:

          (a) If qualified   audit   report   review  committee  is  of  the  view  that     the impact of modified opinion  is not significant, it may recommend rectification of such modified opinion  in the subsequent financial year;

          (b) If qualified  audit report  review committee is of the view that the impact of  modified  opinion  is  significant  and  the  explanation  given  by  the listed entity  concerned in Form  B is  unsatisfactory, the  case may  be referred  to   the   Financial   Reporting   Review   Board   of  Institute   of Chartered  Accountants  of  India,  for  their   opinion   on  whether the modified opinion  is justified.

          (c) Based on the opinion  of the financial reporting review board, qualified audit report  review committee may recommend the following:

          (i)  If  Financial   Reporting   Review   Board   opines   that   modified opinion  is justified, qualified  audit  report  review committee may recommend submission of revised pro-forma financial results, incorporating the effect  of the modified opinion, to the stock exchange(s) in the manner as specified in para  (E) below.

          (ii) If financial reporting review  board is  of the  view that  modified opinion  is  not  justified,  Institute  of  Chartered Accountants  of India  may  take  up  the  matter appropriately  with  the  statutory auditor of the listed entity.

          (d) If a modified opinion  is not  quantifiable, qualified  audit  report  review committee may  recommend rectification of such modified opinion  in the subsequent financial year.

          C. Based on  the  recommendations  of  qualified  audit  report  review  committee and/or the opinion  of Financial Reporting Review Board, the Board may direct the  listed  entity  concerned to rectify  its  modified  opinion  and/or  submit  the revised pro-forma financial results in the  manner specified in sub-para (3) of para   (B).

          D. The  Board  may,  at  any  stage,  in  the  interest  of  investors,  take  any  other necessary action as it deems fit.

          E.SUBMISSION OF REVISED PRO-FORMA FINANCIAL RESULTS

          (1) The  listed  entity  shall  undertake the   following  steps for submission  of revised pro-forma financial results:

          (a) The  listed entity  shall submit revised pro-forma financial results, incorporating the  effect  of the  modified opinion, to  the  stock exchange(s)  within  two  months  from  the   date   of  receipt  of  such direction from Board.

          (b) The accounting impact of such modified opinion  shall be  carried out as a prior  period  item  in the  financial  statements of the  subsequent financial year.

          F.The review of all Form Bs and  the accompanying annual audit  reports shall be carried out twice  a year  based on the  reports received up to half year  ending on  June and  December of  every  year  and  for  this  purpose,  the  following timelines are prescribed:

          Activity  To be completed by

          Filing  of   annual   audit   reports  and   Form A/Form B by the listed entity

          As per the  regulations

          Preliminary  scrutiny  of the  reports received during  the half year (January - June and July- December each year) by stock exchange(s) and referring cases to the Board

          One  month from  the  end  of  half  year       ending       on       June       and December each year.

          Review of the cases by qualified  audit  report review committee

          One    month      from     the    date    of receipt  of  report   from   the   stock exchange(s).

          Referring     cases      to     Financial      Reporting Review     Board    of    Institute     of    Chartered Accountants of India

          Fifteen    days  from   the   date    of decision   of     the    qualified  audit report  review committee 

          Receipt  of  reply  from   Financial  Reporting Review Board 

          One    month      from     the    date    of referral   by  qualified   audit report review committee

          Communication  of  decision  on  the  case to the   listed  entity   concerned  and   the   stock exchange(s). 

          Fifteen    days  from   the   date    of decision of qualified  audit report review  committee / Financial Reporting Review Board 

          Submission  of  revised  pro-forma  financial results by the listed entity concerned 

          Within two  months from  the  date of  letter  of  communication  to  the concerned entity.

           

      • Schedule IX- Amendments To Other Regulations

          SCHEDULE  IX- AMENDMENTS TO OTHER REGULATIONS

          [See regulation 100]

          1. Amendment to Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009.

          (i) For regulation 7 the following shall be substituted, namely:- "Security Deposit.

          7. (1) The  issuer  shall  deposit,  before the  opening  of subscription  list,  and keep  deposited with the stock exchange(s), an amount calculated at the rate of one  per  cent.  of the  amount of securities  offered for subscription  to the public.

          (2)The   amount  specified  in  sub-regulation  (1)  shall  be  deposited  in  the manner specified by Board and/or stock exchange(s).

          (3)The   amount  specified   in   sub-regulation   (1)   shall   be   refundable   or forfeitable in the manner specified by the Board."

          (ii) In regulation 98, after clause (f), the following clauses shall be inserted, namely,-

          "(g) the issuing company shall ensure that  the underlying equity  shares against  which  IDRs  are  issued  have  been  or will be  listed  in its  home country before listing of IDRs in stock exchange(s).

          (h) the issuing company shall ensure that  the underlying shares of IDRs shall rank pari-passu with the existing shares of the same class."

          (iii) In  regulation  101,  for  sub-regulation  (1)  the  following  shall  be  substituted, namely:-

          "(1)  The  issuing  company shall  appoint  one  or more  merchant bankers,  at least  one  of whom  shall  be  a lead  merchant banker and  shall  also  appoint other  intermediaries, in consultation with the lead  merchant banker and  shall enter  into an  agreement with the  merchant banker on the  lines of format of agreement as specified in Schedule II."

          (iv) After regulation 101 and  before regulation 102, the following regulation shall be inserted, namely:-

          "Agreements with other  intermediaries and others.

          101A.  (1) The  issuing  company shall  appoint  a  registrar  and  transfer agent which has connectivity with all the depositories.

          (2)The   issuing   company  shall   enter    into   an   agreement  with   overseas custodian bank and domestic depository.

          (3) The lead  merchant banker, after  independently assessing the  capability of other  intermediaries and  others to carry  out their obligations, shall advise the issuing company on their appointment."

          (v) For regulation 102 the following shall be substituted, namely:- “Display of bid data and issue of allotment letter.

          102. (1) The stock exchange(s) offering  online  bidding  system for the book building    process shall display on their website, the data pertaining to book built IDR issue, in the format specified in Part  B(2) of Schedule XI, from the date  of opening of the bids till at least three  days after closure of bids.

          (2) The  issuing  company shall  ensure that  letter  of allotment  for the  IDRs are issued simultaneously to all allottees and that in the event  of it being impossible to issue letters of regret  at the same time, a notice  to that  effect be issued in the media so that  it appears on the morning after  the letters of allotment have  been  dispatched.”

          (vi) for regulation 106J the following shall be substituted, namely,- Period  of subscription and issue of allotment letter.

          106J.  (1) A rights issue shall be open  for subscription in India for a period  as applicable  under  the  laws  of its  home country but  in no  case less  than ten days.

          (2)  The  issuing  company shall  ensure that  it sends the  allotment  letter  of rights to IDR Holders at the  time  they  are  sent to shareholders of the  issuing company as per  the  requirement  of  its  home country or  other  jurisdictions where  its securities are listed.

          (vii) in  regulation  106M,  the  words,  number and  symbol  "regulation  7,"  shall  be omitted.

          (viii) Chapter XI shall be renumbered as Chapter XII.

          (ix) Regulations 107, 108, 109, 110  and  111  shall be renumbered as 111, 112, 113, 114 and  115 respectively and  any reference thereto in any regulation framed or any circular  or guideline issued by the Board shall be read  accordingly.

          (x) After Chapter X and  before Chapter XII, the  following  Chapter shall be inserted, namely:-

          "CHAPTER XI

          LISTING OF SECURITIES ON STOCK EXCHANGES

          In-principle approval of recognized stock exchange(s).

          107. (1) The issuer or the issuing company, as the case may  be, shall obtain in-principle  approval from recognised stock exchange as follows:

          (a) in  case of  an  initial  public  offer  or  an  issue  of  Indian  Depository Receipts (hereinafter referred to as ‘IDRs’) , from  all the  recognised stock  exchange(s)  on  which   the  issuer  or  the  issuing  company, proposes to get its specified securities or IDRs, as the case may  be, listed; and

          (b) in  case of  other   issues,  before issuance  of  further   securities,  as follows:

          (i) where  the  securities are  listed only on recognised stock exchange(s) having   nationwide  trading  terminals,  from  all  such stock exchange(s);

          (ii) where  the  securities are  not listed on any recognised stock exchange having  nationwide  trading  terminals,  from  all the  stock exchange(s) on which  the  securities of the  issuer are  proposed to be listed;

          (iii)  where    the   specified          are   listed   on   recognised   stock exchange(s) having  nationwide trading terminals as well as on the recognised stock exchange(s) not having  nationwide trading terminals,  from  all  recognised  stock  exchange(s)  having nationwide trading terminals.

          Application for Listing.

          108.     (1)  The  issuer  or  the  issuing  company,  as the  case may  be,  shall complete    the  pre-listing  formalities  within  the  time  lines  specified  by  the Board from time to time.

          (2) The  issuer or the  issuing  company,  as the  case may  be,  shall,  make  an application for listing, within twenty  days from the date  of allotment, to one or more  recognized stock exchange(s) along  with the  documents specified by stock exchange(s) from time to time.

          (3) In case of delay in making  application for listing beyond twenty  days from the date  of allotment, the issuer or the issuing company, as the case may be, shall pay penal  interest to allottees for each day of delay at the rate  of atleast ten per cent.  per annum from the expiry of thirty days from date  of allotment till the listing of such securities to the allottees.

          (4)   In  the   event   of   non-receipt   of   listing   permission   from   the   stock exchange(s) by the  issuer  or the  issuing  company,  as the  case may  be,  or withdrawal  of Observation  Letter  issued  by the  Board,  wherever applicable, the  securities  shall  not  be  eligible  for  listing  and  the  issuer  or  the  issuing company,  as the  case may  be,  shall  be  liable  to  refund   the  subscription monies,  if any,  to the  respective  allottees  immediately  alongwith  interest  at the rate of ten per cent.  per annum from the date  of allotment.

          Listing Agreement.

          109. (1) Every issuer or the issuing company desirous of listing its securities on a recognised stock exchange shall execute a listing agreement with such stock exchange.

          (2) Every issuer  or the  issuing  company which  has previously  entered into agreement(s) with a recognised  stock exchange to list  its   securities   shall execute  a  fresh  listing  agreement  with  such  stock  exchange within  six months of the date  of notification of Securities and  Exchange Board  of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.

          Obligation  of stock exchange(s).

          110.      The   stock  exchange(s)  shall   grant    in-principle   approval/list   the securities  or  reject  the  application  for  in-principle  approval  /listing  by  the issuer  or issuing  company,  as the  case maybe,  within  thirty  days from  the later of the following dates:

          (a)  the  date   of  receipt  of  application  for  in-principle  approval/listing from issuer or the issuing company, as the case may be,;

          (b) the date  of receipt of satisfactory reply from the issuer or the issuing company,  as the  case may  be,  in cases where  the  stock exchange(s) has sought any clarification from them."

          (xi) In Schedule VIII, in part  E in clause 5, in item  XVI, after  sub-item B and  before sub-item C, the following sub-item shall be inserted, namely:-

          "(BA)   Dealing   with   Fractional   Entitlement:   Manner  of   dealing   with fractional entitlement viz. payment of the equivalent of the value, if any, of the fractional rights in cash etc."

          (xii) In Schedule XIX, in part  A, in item  13, after  sub-item(e), the  following  sub-item shall be inserted, namely:-

          "(f) Different classes of shares based on different criteria, if any."

          (xiii) In Schedule XIX, in part  A, in item 14, before sub-item (a), the following general instructions shall be inserted, namely:-

          General  Instructions:

          (1)  The  format of  disclosure  of  financial  results  may  be  as per  the disclosure  requirements  of  the  issuing  company in the  home country where  the Issuing Company is listed.

          (2) The issuing company shall intimate to the investors in the offer document the  type  of disclosures  that  it will follow i.e. whether as per Indian  GAAP, IFRS or US GAAP and  any change in such format shall be informed to the IDR Holders by way of notices to the stock exchange.

          (xiv) In Schedule XIX, in Part  B, in item 2, after  sub-item (d), the  following  sub-item shall be inserted, namely:-

          "(e) Different classes of shares based on different criteria, if any."

          (xv) In Schedule XX in the reference title the number “110” shall be substituted, with the number “114”.

          2. Amendment to Securities and  Exchange Board of India (Issue and  Listing of Debt Securities) Regulations, 2008.

          (i) After regulation  12  and  before regulation  13,  the  following  regulation  shall  be inserted, namely:-

          "Allotment of securities and payment of interest.

          12A. (1) The  Issuer  shall  ensure that  that  in case of listing  of debt  securities issued to public, allotment of securities offered to public  shall be made within thirty days of the closure of the public issue.

          (2) Where the debt  securities are not allotted and/or application moneys are not refunded within the stipulated period  in sub-regulation (1), the issuer shall undertake to pay interest at the rate of fifteen  per cent.  per annum.

          (3) Credit to demat accounts of the  allottees shall be made within two working days from the date  of allotment.”

          (ii) After regulation 19 and  before regulation 20, the  following  regulations shall be inserted, namely:-

          "Listing Agreement.

          19A. (1) Every issuer  desirous  of listing  its  debt  securities  on  a  recognised stock exchange shall execute an agreement with such stock exchange.

          (2)   Every   issuer   which   has  previously   entered  into   agreements  with   a recognised  stock exchange to  list  its  debt  securities  shall  execute a  fresh listing agreement with such stock exchange within six months of the  date  of notification of Securities and  Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.

          Security  Deposit.

          19B. (1) The issuer shall deposit, before the  opening of subscription list, and keep  deposited with the stock exchange(s) an amount calculated at the rate  of one per cent.  of the amount of securities offered for subscription to the public.

          (2)The   amount  stipulated  in  sub-regulation  (1)  shall  be  deposited  in  the manner specified by Board and/or stock exchange(s).

          (3)The   amount  stipulated   in   sub-regulation   (1)   shall   be   refundable   or forfeitable in the manner specified by the Board."

          (iii) For regulation 23, the following shall be substituted, namely:- “Continuous Listing Conditions.

          23. All the  issuers making  public  issues of debt  securities or seeking listing of debt securities issued on private  placement basis shall comply  with the conditions of listing specified in the respective listing agreement for debt securities.”

          3.  Amendment  to  Securities  and  Exchange Board  of  India(Issue  and  Listing  of Non-Convertible Redeemable Preference Shares) Regulations, 2013.

          (i) After regulation  16  and  before regulation  17,  the  following  regulations  shall  be inserted, namely:-

          "Listing Agreement.

          16A.   (1)   Every   issuer   desirous   of   listing   its   non-convertible   redeemable preference shares, or perpetual non-cumulative preference shares or innovative perpetual  debt  instruments  on  a  recognised  stock exchange,  shall  execute an agreement with such stock exchange.

          (2) Every issuer which has previously entered into agreements with a recognised stock  exchange  to   list   non-convertible   redeemable   preference  shares,   or perpetual non-cumulative preference shares or innovative perpetual debt instruments  shall  execute a fresh listing  agreement with such stock exchange within six months of the date  of notification of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.

          Security  Deposit.

          16B.  (1)  The  issuer  shall  deposit,  before the  opening  of  subscription  list,  and keep  deposited with the  stock exchange(s) an  amount calculated at  the  rate  of one per cent.  of the amount of securities offered for subscription to the public.

          (2)The  amount stipulated in sub-regulation (1) shall be deposited in the  manner specified by Board and/or stock exchange(s).

          (3)The  amount stipulated in sub-regulation (1) shall be refundable or forfeitable in the manner specified by the Board.”

          (ii) In regulation 20, sub-regulations (2) and (3) shall be omitted.

          (iii) In Schedule I, in para.  III, in sub-para (ii), under  the heading “Delay in Dispatch of Allotment  Letters  or Refund  Orders” after  the  word  and  sign "closure." and  before the words "The issuer further  agrees", the following shall be inserted, namely:-

          "Issuer agrees that  credit  to demat accounts of the allottees shall be made within two working days from the date  of allotment."

          4. Amendment to Securities and  Exchange Board  of India (Public  Offer and  Listing of Securitised Debt Instruments) Regulations, 2008.

          (i) In regulation 31, after  sub-regulation (8), the following sub-regulation shall be inserted, namely:-

          "(9) Credit to demat accounts of the allottees shall be made by the issuer within two    working days from the date  of allotment.”

          (ii) After regulation  35  and  before regulation  36,  the  following  regulation  shall  be inserted, namely:-

          "Listing Agreement.

          35A. (1) Every special purpose distinct entity desirous of listing securitised debt instruments on a recognised stock exchange, shall execute an  agreement with such stock exchange.

          (2) Every special purpose distinct entity which  has previously entered into agreements  with   a   recognised   stock  exchange  to   list   securitised   debt instruments  shall  execute a fresh listing  agreement with such stock exchange within six months of the date  of notification of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015.

          Security  Deposit.

          35B.  (1) The  issuer  shall  deposit,  before the  opening  of subscription  list,  and keep  deposited with the  stock exchange(s) an amount calculated at the  rate  of one per cent.  of the amount of securities offered for subscription to the public.

          (2)The amount stipulated in sub-regulation (1) shall be deposited in the manner specified by Board and/or stock exchange(s)(s).

          (3)The amount stipulated in sub-regulation (1) shall be refundable or forfeitable in the manner specified by the Board."

          (iii) In  regulation  36,  sub-regulation  (3)  shall  be  substituted  with  the  following, namely:-

          "(3) In case of a private  placement of securitised debt  instruments, the  special purpose distinct entity shall file listing particulars with the recognised stock exchange, along  with the application made under  sub-regulation (1) of regulation

          35,  containing  such information  as may  be  necessary for  any  investor  in the secondary market to make  an informed investment decision in respect of its securitised   debt   instruments  and   the   special   purpose  distinct   entity   shall promptly  disseminate  such information,  as prescribed,  in such manner as the recognised stock exchange(s) may determine from time to time ".

          (iv) For regulation 37, the following shall be substituted, namely:- “Continuous listing conditions.

          37. The special purpose distinct entity  or trustee thereof shall submit such information,  including  financial  information  relating  to  the  schemes,  to  the stock  exchanges  and   investors   and   comply    with   such  other   continuing obligations as may be stipulated in the listing agreement.”

          5. Amendment   to   Securities   and   Exchange  Board   of   India   (Mutual   Funds) Regulations, 1996.

          After regulation 31, the following regulation shall be inserted, namely:- “In-principle approval from recognised stock exchange(s).

          31A.  The  listed  entity,  which   intends  to  list  units  of  its     scheme  on  the recognised  stock exchange(s),  shall  obtain  ‘in-principle’  approval  from recognised  stock exchange(s) in  the  manner as specified  by  the  recognised stock exchange(s) from time to time.

          Listing Agreement.

          31B.  (1)  Every  mutual  fund   desirous  of  listing  units  of  its  schemes  on  a recognised   stock  exchange  shall   execute  an   agreement  with   such  stock exchange.

          (2) Every mutual fund which  has previously entered into agreements with a recognised  stock exchange to  list  units  of  its  schemes shall  execute a  fresh listing  agreement with  such stock exchange within  six  months of the  date  of notification of Securities and  Exchange Board  of India  (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015."

      • Schedule X- List Of Sebi Circulars Which Stand Rescinded

          SCHEDULE X- LIST OF SEBI CIRCULARS WHICH STAND RESCINDED

          [See Regulation 103]

    • SEBI FAQ's on LODR,2015
      • A. Definitions

          Q 1. Regulation 2(1)(b) of LR defines an ‘associate company’ to mean any entity which is an associate under the Companies Act, 2013 or under the applicable accounting standards. Whether both conditions have to be met or either of the two? 

          Ans.The definition of associate company should be viewed under the Companies Act, 2013 as well as Accounting Standards. If the condition is met under either of the two, then such entity should be classified as an associate company

          Q 2. Regulation 2(1)(zb) of LR defines the term ‘Related party’ to mean related party under the Companies Act, 2013 or under the applicable Accounting Standards. Whether both conditions have to be met or either of the two?

          Ans.The definition of related party should be viewed under the Companies Act, 2013 as well as Accounting Standards. If the condition is met under either of the two, then such party should be classified as a related party. 

      • B. Corporate Governance

          Q 1. Regulation 17(8) of LR requires a compliance certificate to the Board of directors by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Whether the Managing Director or Whole Time Director may certify the compliance certificate, when the company has not designated a CEO?

          Ans. Such certificates may be signed by the officials who hold powers, duties and responsibilities of a CEO/ CFO irrespective of their designations.

          Q 2. Regulation 23 (4) provides that all material related party transactions shall require approval of the shareholders through resolution and the related parties shall abstain from voting on such resolutions whether the entity is a related party to the particular transaction or not. In this regard, whether only those related parties who are related to the concerned transaction/ contract should abstain from voting or whether related parties should altogether abstain from voting?

          Ans. The requirement under Regulation 23(4), is applicable for listed entities subject to the provisions of Regulation 15. Hence, for applicable entities, the regulations clearly provide that all material related party transactions shall require approval of the shareholders through resolution and the related parties shall abstain from voting on such resolutions whether the entity is a related party for the particular transaction or not.

          Q3. Regulation 23(8) requires all existing material related party contracts or arrangements entered into prior to the date of notification of these regulations and which may continue beyond such date shall be placed for approval of the shareholders in the first General Meeting subsequent to notification of these regulations. Whether the listed entity requires to take a fresh shareholders approval in case it has already taken an approval prior to implementation of these regulations?
          Answer: The listed entity need not take fresh approval of shareholders in case the entity has already fulfilled the requirement of the regulations
          .

          Q 4. Regulation 24 (1) prescribes having at least one independent director of the listed entity as a director on the board of directors of 'unlisted material subsidiary, incorporated in India'. Sub-regulations (2), (3) and (4) to the same regulation refer to 'unlisted subsidiary'. Whether such sub-regulations (2), (3) and (4) are applicable to all unlisted subsidiaries or only material unlisted subsidiaries incorporated in India?

          Ans. Listed entities may be guided by the provisions of Regulation 24. Wherever 'unlisted material subsidiary' and 'unlisted subsidiary' have been distinctly mentioned in a particular sub-regulation, such sub-regulation shall be applicable to material unlisted subsidiaries or all unlisted subsidiaries as the case may be. 

          Q5. Regulation 24 (4) requires that the management of the unlisted subsidiary shall periodically bring to the notice of the board of directors of the listed entity, a statement of all significant transactions and arrangements entered into by the unlisted subsidiary. Whether the requirement is applicable only to the material unlisted subsidiary?
          Answer: The requirement is applicable to all unlisted subsidiaries.

          Q6. Regulation 26(1) stipulates that a director shall not be a member in more than ten committees or act as chairperson of more than five committees across all listed entities. Clause (a) to the aforesaid sub-regulation requires membership on committees that a director serves in all public limited companies, whether listed or not, to be included for determining the count of committee membership/ chairmanship for sub-regulation (1) and excludes membership on committees of private limited companies, foreign companies and companies under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013. Whether a director can be committee member for ten listed entities only or the same includes unlisted public companies as well?

          Answer: A director of a listed entity can be member in maximum ten committees and chairperson of more than five committees of listed entities and unlisted public limited companies put together.

           

           

           

      • C. Disclosure of Events or Information

          Q 1. Regulation 30(8) of LR requires posting of disclosures on the listed entity’s website for a minimum period of five years. Whether the said provision is prospective from December 1, 2015 and pertains to disclosures relating to events happening thereafter?

          Ans. The disclosures made under Regulation 30(8) shall be made w.e.f. December 01, 2015, i.e., the listed entity shall disclose on its website all such events or information which has been disclosed to stock exchange(s) under this regulation on or after the said date, and such disclosures shall be hosted on the website of the listed entity for a minimum period of five years from the date of disclosure to the stock exchange.

          Q 2. Regulation 30(9) of LR requires disclosure of all events and information with respect to subsidiaries which are material. If both parent and subsidiary are listed entities, would it be sufficient compliance if the listed subsidiary has made a disclosure or whether same disclosure be made by the parent listed entity also?

          Ans. Both the parent and material subsidiary in their own right as Listed Entities have to make disclosure separately as applicable under Listing Regulations. 

          Q 3. Regulation 16 (1)(c) defines material subsidiary as - “material subsidiary” shall mean a subsidiary, whose income or net worth exceeds twenty percent of the consolidated income or net worth respectively, of the listed entity and its subsidiaries in the immediately preceding accounting year.” The Explanation to Regulation 16 (1)(c) states that the listed entity shall formulate a policy for determining material subsidiary. Can the listed entity adopt a different criteria for determining material subsidiary for the purpose of Regulation 30 (9)?

          Ans. The definition of 'material subsidiary' under regulation 16(1)(c) defines a subsidiary that is material to the listed entity. Further, the explanation to the aforesaid provision allows the listed entity to formulate a policy for the same, i.e., a listed entity can develop criteria that is stricter than what has been provided in the Regulations. Regulation 30(9) requires the listed entity to disclose all events or information with respect to subsidiaries which are material for the listed entity. The said sub-regulation places stress on materiality of the events or information. Therefore, disclosure would be required in cases where the event or information originating from a subsidiary is material to the listed entity, irrespective of whether such a subsidiary is material or not as per the definition provided at regulation 16(1)(c).

          Q 4. Schedule III Part A, Para A, Clause 1(ii)(a) requires disclosures on acquisition or agreements to acquire shares or voting rights in a company, whether directly or indirectly, such that the listed entity holds shares or voting rights aggregating to five per cent or more of the shares or voting rights in the said company. Whether the disclosure is with respect to acquisition of shares or voting rights when the target company is a listed entity only or whether it is applicable to unlisted entities also?

          Ans. The Schedule refers to the listed entity’s acquisition of shares or voting rights in the company. Such target company can be listed or unlisted. 

          Q5. Schedule III Para A of Part A, item 4 (d) on deemed material events mentions that a listed entity shall disclose within 30 minutes of the closure of the meeting the decision with respect to fund raising proposed to be undertaken. What all methods of fund raising are covered under the same?
          Answer: The listed entity may be guided by Regulation 29(1) (d) which stipulates the types of fund raising an entity is required to intimate to Stock Exchange.

      • D. Other Clarifications

          Q 1. Under Regulation 33(3), for submission of financial results for the last quarter, whether Unaudited Results can be submitted to the Exchanges?

          Ans. Regulation (33)(3)(d) clearly states that the listed entity shall file audited annual results in 60 days from the end of the last quarter. Therefore, the financial statements for the last quarter shall necessarily be audited. The said provision was also there in the erstwhile Listing Agreement. 

          Q2. Regulation 33 (3)(d) requires a company to submit audited standalone financial results for the financial year, within sixty days from the end of the financial year along with the audit report and either Form A (for audit report with unmodified opinion) or Form B (for audit report with modified opinion). However for listed entities having subsidiaries whether two sets of Form A or Form B have to be prepared for standalone and consolidated results?

          Answer: A company having subsidiaries will prepare two sets of Form A and/or Form B, one for standalone results and another for consolidated results based on the respective audit report.

          Q3. Regulation 34 (2) (f) requires Annual Report to contain Business Responsibility Report (BRR). Since when this requirement will be applicable?
          Answer: Presently Regulation 34 requires top hundred listed entities based on market capitalization(calculated as on March 31 of every financial year) to compulsorily and other than top hundred listed entities to voluntarily include BRR in their Annual Report. Subsequent to amendment in SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulation 2015 notified on December 22, 2015, the requirement of mandatory reporting of BRR in Annual Report has been raised from hundred to five hundred listed entities which will be effective from April 1, 2016 and hence it will form a part of the Annual Report for the financial year 2016-17.

          Q4. Regulation 35 requires the listed entity to submit to the stock exchange(s) an Annual Information Memorandum in the manner specified by the Board from time to time. Since the Regulations do not currently specify the applicable date and the manner, is the said provision currently applicable?

          Answer: As mentioned, in the regulation, the said requirement will become applicable as and when Annual Information Memorandum is specified by SEBI.

          Q4. Regulation 40(3) requires that the listed entity shall register transfers of its securities in the name of the transferee(s) and issue certificates or receipts or advices, as applicable, of transfers; or issue any valid objection or intimation to the transferee or transferor, as the case may be, within a period of fifteen days from the date of such receipt of request for transfer. It provides that the listed entity shall ensure that transmission requests are processed for securities held in dematerialized mode and physical mode within seven days and twenty one days respectively, after receipt of the specified documents and that proper verifiable dated records of all correspondence with the investor shall be maintained by the listed entity. In this regard, how would a company ensure compliance in an era where companies have no role to play in processing of transmission of securities held in dematerialized mode?

          Answer: The provision in Regulation 40(3) may be read in context with Regulation 7(1) which states that the listed entity shall appoint a share transfer agent or manage the share transfer facility in-house. In cases where the listed entity is managing the share transfer in-house, such compliance may be ensured. In this regard, the share transfer agent is an agent of the listed entity and it is imperative that the listed entity as a principal shall supervise the activities of its agent. Further, Regulation 8 provides that the listed entity, wherever applicable, shall co-operate with and submit correct and adequate information to the intermediaries registered with the Board including registrar to an issue and share transfer agents.

          Q5. Regulation 40 (8) requires the listed entity that has not effected transfer of securitieswithin fifteen days or where the listed entity has failed to communicate to the transferee(s) any valid objection to the transfer, within the stipulated time period of fifteen days to compensate the aggrieved party for the opportunity losses caused during the period of the delay. Sub regulation (9) of the aforesaid regulation states that the listed entity shall ensure that the share transfer agent and/or the in-house share transfer facility, as the case may be, produces a certificate from a practicing company secretary within one month of the end of each half of the financial year,certifying that all certificates have been issued within thirty days of the date of lodgment for transfer, sub-division, consolidation, renewal, exchange or endorsement of calls/allotment monies. The matter needs to be clarified.

          Answer: It is clarified that the listed entity may seek such reports from share transfer agents as they may require, so as to ensure compliance with the time period of 15 days for transfer of securities as stipulated in sub-regulation (8).

          Q6. As per Regulation 46(2)(n), the listed entity is required to disseminate on its website details of agreements entered into with the media companies and/or their associates, etc. In this regard, should the listed entity disclose all agreements entered into with media companies/ their associates including ordinary agreements or disclose only such agreements that are not in the normal course of business as required under item 5 of paragraph A of part A of Schedule III of LR?

          Answer: It is clarified that only such agreements that are not in the normal course of business shall be disclosed. Listed entities may refer to SEBI Press Release No. 200/2010 dated August 27, 2010 and Press Council of India Press Release No. PR/3/10-11-PCI dated August 02, 2010 wherein concerns related to 'private treaties' and their disclosures have been discussed in detail.

          Q7. Regulation 46 (3) requires listed entity to update any change in the content of its website within two working days from the date of such change in content. Whether change in the content of website means any change on the website?

          Answer: Regulation 46(2) prescribes the list of information to be disseminated by a listed entity on its website. Regulation 46 (3) refers to the update of any change in the content which is provided as per the requirements of Regulation 46 (2).

           

      • F. Miscellaneous

          Q1. Regulation 9 requires a listed entity to frame a policy for preservation of documents approved by its board of directors, classifying them into the documents that can be preserved permanently or can be preserved for a period of not less than eight years after completion of the relevant transactions. What types of documents are covered under this regulation?
          Answer: The documents preserved in terms of Regulation 9 includes documents required to be preserved by a listed entity in terms of securities laws defined under Regulation 2(1)(zf) and other laws and statutes applicable to such listed entity.

      • E. Common Obligations of Listed Entities

          Q23. The regulations do not define 'working days'. Whether the same can be clarified?
          Answer: 'Working days' means working days of the stock exchange where the securities of the entity are listed
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        Format for Submission of Unaudited/Audited Financial results by Companies other than Bank

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        Annexure 2

        Format for submitting the quarterly financial results by banks

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        Annexure 3

        Format for submitting the quarterly financial results by companies eligible for alternative format

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        Annexure 4

        Format for Reporting of Segment wise Revenue, Results and Capital Employed along with the quarterly results(applicable for banks as well as companies other than banks)

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        Annexure 5 

        Format for the Limited Review Report for companies (other than banks)

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        Annexure 6

        Format for the Limited Review Report (for Banks)

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        Annexure 7

        When an Unmodified Opinion is expressed on the Quarterly financial results(for companies other than banks)

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        Annexure 9 

        Statement of Assets and Liabilities for Companies (Other than Banks)

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        Form A (for audit report with unmodified opinion)

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        Form B (for audit report with modified opinion) along-with Financial Results

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        Annexure11 

        Format for Newspaper Publishing Purpose (Standalone/Consolidated)

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    • Circulars
        SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/008 Jul 14, 2016 Securities And Exchange Board Of India (Listing Obligations And Disclosure Requirements) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2016
        CIR/CFD/CMD/15/2015 05.07.2016 Revised Formats for Financial Results and Implementation of Ind-AS by Listed Entities
        NSE/CML/2016/09  01.06.2016 Disclosure of the Impact of Audit Qualifications by the Listed Entities under Regulation 33/52 of SEBI (LODR), (Amendment) Regulations, 2016
        CIR/CFD/CMD/56/2016 27.05.2016 Disclosure of the Impact of Audit Qualifications by the Listed Entities
        SEBI/ LAD-NRO/GN/2016-17/001 25.05.2016 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE BOARD OF INDIA (LISTING OBLIGATIONS AND DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, 2016
        NSE/CML/2016/3 21.01.2016 Filing of Information on Electronic Platform
        NSE/CML/2015/23 28.12.2015 Filing of Information on Electronic Platform
         DCS/COMP/32/2015-16        12.02.2016 Circular to Listed Companies suspended for a period of more than 7 years, for non -compliance with the critical clauses of the erstwhile Listing Agreement.
        DCS/COMP/33/2015-16     11.03.2016

        Mandatory Filing Of Compliances / Information In Electronic Mode

        DCS/COMP/34/2015-16  16.03.2016

        Mandatory Filing Of Corporate Governance Report And Shareholding Pattern In Xbrl Mode

        NSE/CML/2016/05 02.05.2016 Revised Formats under SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011 
        NSE/CML/2016/06  03.05.2016 Procedure to deal with cases prior to April 01, 2014 involving offer / allotment of securities to more than 49 and up to 200 investors in a financial year 
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