FEB 22, 2016

SEBI issues regulations for giving exit opportunity under Companies Act 2013

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After issuing the broad guidelines on providing exit opportunity to the dissenting shareholding under the provisions of section 13 & 27 of the Companies Act 2013, SEBI has now issued the final regulations on the said subject by way of amendment to the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009

The gist of new regulations is detailed below:

  • No exit opportunity shall be provided where there are neither identifiable promoters nor shareholders in control of the listed issuer.
  • The promoters or shareholders in control shall make the exit offer in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter, to the dissenting shareholders, if:
    • the public issue has opened after April 1, 2014; and
    • the proposal for change in objects or variation in terms of a contract, referred to in the prospectus is dissented by at least ten per cent. of the shareholders who voted in the general meeting; and
    • the amount to be utilized for the objects for which the prospectus was issued is less than seventy five per cent. of the amount raised (including the amount earmarked for general corporate purposes as disclosed in the offer document).
  • The ‘exit price’ payable to the dissenting shareholders shall be the highest of the following:
    • the volume-weighted average price paid or payable for acquisitions, whether by the promoters or shareholders having control or by any person acting in concert with them,
    • during the fifty-two weeks immediately preceding the relevant date;
    • the highest price paid or payable for any acquisition, whether by the promoters or shareholders having control or by any person acting in concert with them, during the twenty-six weeks immediately preceding the relevant date;
    • the volume-weighted average market price of such shares for a period of sixty trading days immediately preceding the relevant date as traded on the recognised stock exchange where the maximum volume of trading in the shares of the issuer are recorded during such period, provided such shares are frequently traded;
    • where the shares are not frequently traded, the price determined by the promoters or shareholders having control and the merchant banker taking into account valuation parameters including book value, comparable trading multiples, and such other parameters as are customary for valuation of shares of such issuers.
  • The notice proposing the passing of special resolution for changing the objects of the issue and varying the terms of contract, referred to in the prospectus shall also contain information about the exit offer to the dissenting shareholders.
  • In addition to the disclosures required under the provisions of section 102 of the Companies Act, 2013 read with rule 32 of the Companies (Incorporation) Rules, 2014 and rule 7 of the Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Rules, 2014 and any other applicable law, a statement to the effect that the promoters or the shareholders having control shall provide an exit opportunity to the dissenting shareholders shall also be included in the explanatory statement to the notice for passing special resolution.
  • The promoters or shareholders in control, shall appoint a merchant banker registered with SEBI and finalize the exit offer price in accordance with these regulations.
  • The issuer shall intimate the recognised stock exchange(s) about the exit offer to dissenting shareholders and the price at which such offer is being given.
  • The promoters or shareholders having control, as applicable, shall create an escrow account which may be interest bearing and deposit the aggregate consideration in the account at least two working days prior to opening of the tendering period.
  • The dissenting shareholders who have tendered their shares in acceptance of the exit offer shall have the option to withdraw such acceptance till the date of closure of the tendering period.
  • The promoters or shareholders having control shall, within a period of ten working days from the last date of the tendering period, make payment of consideration to the dissenting shareholders who have accepted the exit offer.
  • In the event, the shares accepted in the exit offer were such that the shareholding of the promoters or shareholders in control, taken together with persons acting in concert with them pursuant to completion of the exit offer results in their shareholding exceeding the maximum permissible non-public shareholding, the promoters or shareholders in control, as applicable, shall be required to bring down the non-public shareholding to the level specified and within the time permitted under Securities Contract (Regulation) Rules, 1957.
  • The provisions of takeover regulations shall not apply to acquisition of shares or voting rights of a company by the promoters or shareholders in control, in terms of the provisions of Chapter VI-A of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2009

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