A stock’s 8,764% surge spurs India to rethink shareholding rules

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By Ronojoy Mazumdar and Ashutosh Joshi


A 8,764 per cent surge within the shares of an organization with a minuscule public shareholding has prompted India’s regulator to contemplate altering its guidelines for corporations rising from the nation’s chapter course of.

The Securities & Alternate Board of India has sought feedback on a proposal to chop the time given to firms that re-list after chapter decision to spice up the free float to not less than 10 per cent inside six months from 18 months at present. The rule mandating such firms to finally get to the minimal public shareholding to 25 per cent inside three years of re-listing stays.

“In a single latest case it was noticed that put up insolvency decision course of, the general public shareholding decreased to 0.97 per cent, and confirmed 8,764 per cent improve in its share worth,” Sebi’s session paper stated, itemizing Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd. and 4 different firms that re-listed between September 2018 and February.

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Ruchi Soya was acquired by a Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda-led consortium final 12 months by way of an insolvency decision course of. The founders held 99.03 per cent of the corporate’s capital as of March 31.

The negligible free float noticed Ruchi’s shares soar from about 17 rupees on the time of re-listing on Jan. 27 to 1,519 rupees on June 26. The value has since halved. Nonetheless, at its peak, the corporate was valued at $6 billion, forward of its greater consumer-staples producers together with Marico Industries Ltd. and Colgate-Palmolive India Ltd., in keeping with information compiled by Bloomberg.

“Such low public shareholding raises a number of considerations like failure of honest discovery of worth of the scrip, want for elevated surveillance measures and many others. and should subsequently pose as a pink flag for future instances,” the regulator stated.

A second choice is to make it necessary for such firms to have not less than 5 per cent public shareholding on the time of re-listing, Sebi stated, including that this threshold will not be vital to allay the considerations about illiquid shares.

Market individuals have till Sept. 18 to submit their views on the proposal.

Ruchi Soya swung to a revenue of 122.6 million rupees ($1.6 million) within the quarter ended June, whereas its income dropped 5 per cent from the previous three-month interval to 30.four billion rupees.

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