Securities and Exchange Board of India

CIRCULAR

SEBI/HO/DDHS/ON/P/2020/41

March 23, 2020

To

All listed entities/issuers who have listed/proposed to list NCDs/NCRPS/CPs/MDS
All Recognized Stock Exchanges
All Debenture Trustees
All Registered Merchant Bankers

Madam / Sir,

Sub: Relaxation from compliance with certain provisions of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 and certain SEBI Circulars due to the CoVID -19 virus pandemic – continuation

1. SEBI vide circular no. SEBI/HO/CD/CMD1/CIR/P/2020/38 dated March 19, 2020 has provided certain relaxations to listed entities which have listed their specified securities with regard to extension of timelines prescribed under Regulations 7(3), 13(3), 33 etc. of SEBI (LODR) Regulations, 2015.

2. In continuation to the aforesaid circular, it has been decided to clarify with regards to certain timelines for listed entities and grant relaxations to listed entities which have listed their Non-Convertible Debentures (NCDs), Non-Convertible Redeemable Preference Shares (NCRPS), Municipal Debt Securities (MDS) and Commercial Papers (CPs).

A. Extension of timeline for issuance and filings for issuers who have listed /propose to list their Non-Convertible Debentures (NCDs) / Non-Convertible Redeemable Preference Shares (NCRPS)/ Commercial Paper(s)

3. SEBI vide its circular no. CIR/IMD/DF/18/2013 dated October 29, 2013 provides that companies proposing to make public issue of debt securities are required to give the audited financials in the offer document, which are not older than 6 months from the date of prospectus. However compliant listed entities are allowed to disclose unaudited financials with limited review report, instead of audited financials, for the stub period.

4. Similarly, for issuers, which intend to list their CPs, SEBI has vide circular SEBI/HO/DDHS/CIR/P/2019/115 dated October 22, 2019 and SEBI/HO/DDHS/CIR/P/2019/167 dated December 24, 2019 provided that issuer has to submit its latest audited financials which should not be older than six month, however are allowed to file unaudited financial with limited review for the stub period in the current financial year.

5. In order to enable issuers who intend/propose to list their NCD/NCRPS/CPs, it has been decided to grant the following relaxations in timelines:

Particulars Available Audited financials Date             for
issuance
Extended date for issuance Period     of
relaxation
Cutoff date for issuance                  of As on September 30, 2019 On    or         before
March
31, 2020
On or before May 31, 2020 60 Days
NCDs/NCRPS/C Ps

B. Extension of timeline for filings under SEBI (LODR) Regulation 2015

6. The timelines for certain filings as required under the provisions of the LODR and aforesaid circulars are extended, as follows:

SI no. Regulation and associated filing Filing Relaxation w.r.t. the Half Year / Financial Year ending March 31, 2020
Frequency Due within Due Date Extende d date Period of relaxation
1. Large Corporate-Initial Disclosure and Annual Disclosure  (SEBI Circular
HO/ DDHS/CIR /P/ 2018/144 dated November 26, 2018)
Yearly Initial Disclosure – within 30 days from the beginning        of Financial year Annual Disclosure -within 45 days from the end of Financial year April 30, 2020

May 15, 2020

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

60 Days

45 Days

Non-Convertible Debentures (NCDs) / Non-Convertible Redeemable Preference Shares (NCRPS)
2. Regulation 52 (1) and (2) relating to Financial Results Half yearly/Yearl y 45 days from the end of the Half Year

60 days from the end of Financial Year for Annual Financial Results

May 15, 2020

May 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

45 days

30 Days

3. Common obligations prescribed  under
Chapter-III of SEBI (LODR)Regulations, 2015
Timelines as prescribed in circular no. SEBI/HO/CD/CMD1/CIR/P/2020/38 dated March 19, 2020
Commercial Papers (CPs)
4. Financial Results Half yearly/Yearl Y 45 days from the end of the Half Year

60 days from the end of Financial Year for

Annual Financial Results

May 15, 2020

May 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

45 Days

30 Days

C. Extension of timeline for filings prescribed for Issuers of Municipal Debt Securities

7. The timelines for certain filings as required under the provisions of the ILDM Regulations and SEBI circular nos. CIR/IMD/DF1/ 60 /2017 dated June 19, 2017 and SEBI/HO/DDHS/CIR/P/134/2019 dated November 13, 2019 are extended, as follows:

SI no. Regulation and  associated filing Filing Relaxation w.r.t. the Half Year / Financial Year ending March 31, 2020
Frequenc
y
Due within Due Date Extended date Period of relaxation
1. Investor Grievance Report as per Municipal Bond‑ Half Yearly within 30 working days from end of Half Year June 30, 2020 45 Days
2. Financial Results Half Yearly 60 days from the end of Financial Year for Annual Financial Results May 30, 2020 June 30, 2020 30 Days
3. Accounts maintained by Issuers under               ILDM
Regulations
Quarterly 45 days from end of quarter May 15, 2020 June 30, 2020 45 Days

8. This circular shall come into force with immediate effect. The Stock Exchanges are advised to bring the provisions of this circular to the notice of all listed entities that have issued NCDs, NCRPS, MDS and CPs and also disseminate on their websites.

9. The circular is issued in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 11(1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 read with regulations 101 and 102 of the LODR and Regulation 29 of ILDM Regulations the relaxations contained herein are subject to the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and rules made thereunder.

10. The circular is available on SEBI website at www.sebi.bov.in under the category – ‘Legal – Circulars’.

Richa G. Agarwal
Deputy General Manager
Department of Debt and Hybrid Securities
Email id: richag@sebi.gov.in
+91-22-26449596

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