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Listing norm breach may lead to freezing of promoter holding

The Securities and Exchange Board of India ( Sebi) on Monday warned of specific consequences if entities are found to be breaching the listing regulations on an exchange. One of these is the freezing of promoter and promoter group holding in such an entity. Starting Tuesday, as a result of Mondays instructions, listing agreements between entities and exchanges become redundant. All such contractual agreements will be replaced by the new Sebi regulations. As a first call of action, exchanges would impose penalties on companies not complying with Sebi regulations. “Recognised stock exchanges shall use imposition of fines as action of first resort in case of such noncompliance and invoke suspension of trading in case of structure on fines and scrip in a separate, ‘ Z’, category. Here, trades shall be on a trade for trade basis only. To ensure a smooth transition, Sebi has issued a set of circulars on reporting of different aspects under the present listing regulations, such as minimum public…

Sebi green light for exchange IPOs

The Securities and Exchange Board of India ( Sebi) on Monday cleared the decks for initial public offerings ( IPOs) by stock exchanges and depository firms by providing clarity on the listing framework. It said the combined shareholding of trading members, associates and brokers in a listed exchange cannot exceed 49 per cent. Every shareholder will have to declare their “ fit & proper” status at the time of the IPO. The depositories will monitor the investment caps for single entities. The industry players, however, said they would wait for more clarity. “We welcome the Sebi move. We will be able to comment once the detailed regulations are published. BSE will try to expedite the listing process, based on the regulations. Listing of exchanges is expected to bring additional transparency to their working,” said a BSE spokesperson. BSE had proposed to list in 2012 but could not because of the lack of enabling provisions. The NSE, which recently told its shareholders about its listing plans…

Foreign borrowing norms relaxed

RBI gives a leg-up to rupee bonds The Reserve Bank of India ( RBI) on Monday approved a set of more liberal external commercial borrowing norms ( ECB), allowing Indian companies to raise rupee resources from overseas lenders, without incurring currency risks. The new norms will be effective April 1 next year. Such rupee- denominated bonds are being issued in large numbers. They are a hit with Japanese retail investors. Once Indian companies start raising rupee resources from abroad, more such bonds will be issued and would help make the domestic currency more international. For ECB in foreign currency, the central bank raised the limit for small- value bonds, with a minimum average maturity of three years, to $50 million from the existing $ 20 million. For ECB of more than $ 50 million, the minimum maturity period should be five years, it said. The allin cost for such ECB has been reduced 50 basis points from what was allowed earlier. For long- term ECB though, the all- in cost is 50 basis p…

Q2 growth at 7.4%, with manufacturing boost

Govt capital expenditure pushes investments, domestic demand a concern India’s gross domestic product ( GDP) for the three- month period ended September 30 grew 7.4 per cent— a tad higher than the seven per cent in the previous quarter — with a boost from manufacturing and financial services. The growth of the manufacturing sector —more than nine per cent — pleased the finance minister, Arun Jaitley. He said despite adverse global conditions, factory production had increased. The statistics and programme implementationministryreleasedthefiguresonMonday. There was a slight increase in investments because of the government’s capital expenditure, butthedomesticdemandcontinuedtobe aconcern. The growth was, however, much slower than the 8.4 per cent in the corresponding quarter of the previous financial year. Economists had projected that GDP would growby7.3- 7.6percentthisquarter( seechart). The gross value added ( GVA), comprising agriculture, industry and services, increased to 7.4 per cent i…