Ministry of Corporate Affairs
NOTICE INVITING COMMENTS ON Companies (Prospectus and allotment of Securities) Amendment Rules, 2018
Dated: 15th February 2018
The draft Companies (Prospectus and allotment of Securities) Amendment Rules, 2018 have been placed on the Ministry’s website www.mca.gov.in for suggestions/ comments.
Suggestions/ comments on the draft rules along with justifications in brief may be sent latest by 07.03.2018 through email at comments email@example.com It is requested that the name, contact number, email address and postal address of the sender be indicated clearly at the time of sending suggestions/comments in the following format:-
Format for sending suggestions/comments
1. Name, contact number, email address and postal address of stakeholder
2. Suggestions/comments as under
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[TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, EXTRAORDINARY, PART II, SECTION 3, SUBSECTION (i)]
Government of India
Ministry of Corporate Affairs
New Delhi, 15.02.2018
G.S.R.___ (E). – In exercise of the powers conferred by section 42, read with sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 469 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Rules, 2014, namely:-
1. (1) These rules may be called the Companies (Prospectus and allotment of Securities) Amendment Rules, 2018.
(2) They shall come into force from the date of their publication in the official Gazette.
2. In the Companies (Prospectus and allotment of Securities) Rules, 2014, (hereinafter referred to as the principal rules), for rule 14, the following rule shall be substituted, namely:-
1. For the purpose of sub-section (2) and (3) of section 42, a company shall not make an offer or invitation to subscribe to securities through private placement unless the proposal has been previously approved by the shareholders of the company, by a Special Resolution, for each of the Offers or Invitations:
Provided that in the explanatory statement annexed to the notice for the general meeting, the following disclosure shall be made:
(i) Particulars of the offer including date of passing board resolution, members resolution, kinds of securities offered, price at which security is being offered; basis or justification for the price (including premium, if any) at which the offer or invitation is being made, name and address of valuer who performed valuation, amount which the company intends to raise by way of securities, terms of raising of securities, proposed time schedule, purposes and objects of offer, contribution being made by the promoters or directors either as part of the offer or separately in furtherance of objects; principle terms of assets charged as securities ;
(ii) Management’s perception of risk factors;
(iii) Details of default, if any, including therein the amount involved, duration of default and present status, in repayment of –
a) statutory dues;
b) debentures and interest thereon;
c) deposits and interest thereon;
d) loan from any bank or financial institution and interest thereon.
(iv) Names, designation, address and phone number, email ID of the nodal/ compliance officer of the company, if any, for the private placement offer process;
(v) details of any litigation or legal action pending or taken by any Ministry or Department of the Government or a statutory authority against any promoter of the offeree company during the last three years immediately preceding the year of the circulation of the offer letter and any direction issued by such Ministry or Department or statutory authority upon conclusion of such litigation or legal action shall be disclosed;
(vi) Details of any inquiry, inspections or investigations initiated or conducted under the Companies Act or any previous company law in the last three years immediately preceding the year of circulation of offer letter in the case of company and all of its subsidiaries. Also if there were any prosecutions filed (whether pending or not) fines imposed, compounding of offences in the last three years immediately preceding the year of the offer letter and if so, section-wise details thereof for the company and all of its subsidiaries;
(vii) Details of acts of material frauds committed against the company in the last three years, if any, and if so, the action taken by the company.
(viii) A declaration by the directors that:
a) the company has complied with the provisions of the Act and the rules made thereunder;
b) the compliance with the Act and the rules does not imply that payment of dividend or interest or repayment of debentures, if applicable, is guaranteed by the Central Government;
c) the monies received under the offer shall be used only for the purposes and objects indicated in the Offer letter;
Provided further that in case of offer or invitation for non-convertible debentures, in case the amount exceeds the limit as specified in section 180 (1)(c), it shall be sufficient if the company passes a previous special resolution only once in a year for all the offers or invitation for such debentures during the year.
2. (a) For the purpose of sub section (2) of section 42, an offer or invitation to subscribe securities under private placement shall not be made to persons more than two hundred in the aggregate in a financial year.
Provided that any offer or invitation made to qualified institutional buyers, or to employees of the company under a scheme of employees stock option as per provisions of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 62 shall not be considered while calculating the limit of two hundred persons;
Explanation– For the purposes of this sub-rule, it is hereby clarified that –
i. the restrictions under sub-rule (2) would be reckoned individually for each kind of security that is equity share, preference share or debenture;
ii. the requirement of provisions of sub-section (2) of section 42 shall apply in respect of offer or invitation of each kind of security and no offer or invitation of another kind of security shall be made unless allotments with respect to offer or invitation made earlier in respect of any other kind of security is completed;
(b). (It was deliberated and decided that since there is no requirement for minimum paid up share capital in the private and public company, this requirement will be in spirit of ease of doing business)
3. A private placement offer letter shall be accompanied by an application form in PAS -4 serially numbered and addressed specifically to the person to whom the offer is made and shall be sent to him, either in writing or in electronic mode, within thirty days of recording the names of such persons in accordance with sub-section (3) of section 42:
Provided that no person other than the person so addressed in the application form shall be allowed to apply through such application form and any application not conforming to this condition shall be treated as invalid:
Provided further that the private placement offer – cum – application shall include the following disclosure:
a) Date of passing of board resolution;
b) Date of passing of resolution in the general meeting, authorizing the offer of securities;
c) Kinds of securities offered (i.e. whether share or debenture) and class of security;
d) price at which the security is being offered including the premium, if any, alongwith justification of the price;
e) name and address of the valuer who performed valuation of the security offered;
f) Amount which the company intends to raise by way of securities;
g) Terms of raising of securities: Duration, if applicable, Rate of dividend or rate of interest, mode of payment and repayment;
h) Proposed time schedule for which the offer letter is valid;
i) Purposes and objects of the offer;
j) contribution being made by the promoters or directors either as part of the offer or separately in furtherance of such objects;
k) Principle terms of assets charged as security, if applicable;
Explanation– For the purpose of this rule, it is hereby clarified that the date of private placement offer letter shall be deemed to be the date of circulation of private placement offer letter.
4. In terms of proviso to sub- section (5) of section 42, a company may at any time make more than one issue of securities to qualified institutional buyers, or to employees of the company.
5. The company shall maintain a complete record of private placement offers in Form PAS-5:
6. The payment to be made for subscription to securities shall be made from the bank account of the person subscribing to such securities and the company shall keep the record of the Bank account from where such payments for subscriptions have been received:
Provided that monies payable on subscription to securities to be held by joint holders shall be paid from the bank account of the person whose name appears first in the application.
Provided further that provision of above sub Rule shall not apply in case of issue of shares for conversion of loan
7. A return of allotment of securities under section 42 shall be filed with the Registrar within fifteen days of allotment in Form PAS-3 and with the fee as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 along with a complete list of all security holders containing-
(i) the full name, address, Permanent Account Number and E-mail ID of such security holder;
(ii) the class of security held;
(iii) the date of allotment of security ;
(iv) the number of securities held, nominal value and amount paid on such securities; and particulars of consideration received if the securities were issued for consideration other than cash.
(Since the limit of ₹ 20,000 is being removed for all companies, this specific exemption to class of companies is irrelevant)
…………….., Jt. Secy
5. A DECLARATION BY THE DIRECTORS THAT- a. the company has complied with the provisions of the Act and the rules made thereunder; b. the compliance with the Act and the rules does not imply that payment of dividend or interest or repayment of debentures, if applicable, is guaranteed by the Central Government; c. the monies received under the offer shall be used only for the purposes and objects indicated in the Offer letter;
I am authorized by the Board of Directors of the Company vide resolution number ___________ dated ___________ to sign this form and declare that all the requirements of Companies Act, 2013 and the rules made thereunder in respect of the subject matter of this form and matters incidental thereto have been complied with. Whatever is stated in this form and in the attachments thereto is true, correct and complete and no information material to the subject matter of this form has been suppressed or concealed and is as per the original records maintained by the promoters subscribing to the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association It is further declared and verified that all the required attachments have been completely, correctly and legibly attached to this form.