Securities and Exchange Board of India

CIRCULAR

SEBI/HO/IMD/DF3/CIR/P/2020/225

November 05, 2020

All Mutual Funds (MFs)/
Asset Management Companies (AMCs)/
Trustee Companies/ Board of Trustees of Mutual Funds/
Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI)

Sir/Madam,

Sub: Enhancement of Overseas Investment limits for Mutual Funds

1. In partial modification to clause 1(b) of SEBI Circular No. SEBI/IMD/CIR No.7/104753/08 dated September 26, 2007 and clause 2 of SEBI Circular SEBI/IMD/CIR No.2/122577/08 dated April 08, 2008, it has been decided to enhance the investment limits per Mutual Fund as follows:

1.1. Mutual Funds can make overseas investments subject to a maximum of US $ 600 million per Mutual Fund, within the overall industry limit of US $ 7 billion.

1.2. Mutual Funds can make investments in overseas Exchange Traded Fund (ETF(s)) subject to a maximum of US $ 200 million per Mutual Fund, within the overall industry limit of US $ 1 billion.

2. The allocation methodology of the aforementioned limits shall be as follows:

2.1. In case of overseas investments specified at Para 1.1, US $ 50 million would be reserved for each Mutual Fund individually, within the overall industry limit of US $ 7 billion.

2.2. New Fund Offers (NFOs): Mutual Funds launching new schemes intending to invest in Overseas securities / Overseas ETFs shall ensure that the scheme documents shall disclose the intended amount that they plan to invest in Overseas securities / Overseas ETFs subject to maximum limits specified at Para 1, as the case maybe. Such limits disclosed in scheme documents will be valid for a period of six months from the date of closure of NFO. Thereafter the unutilized limit, if any, shall not be available to the Mutual Fund for investment in Overseas securities / Overseas ETFs and shall be available towards the unutilized industry wide limits. Further investments should follow the norms for ongoing schemes.

2.3. Ongoing Schemes: For all ongoing schemes that invest or are allowed to invest in Overseas securities / Overseas ETFs, an investment headroom of 20% of the average AUM in Overseas securities / Overseas ETFs of the previous three calendar months would be available to the Mutual Fund for that month to invest in Overseas securities / Overseas ETFs subject to maximum limits specified at Para 1, as the case maybe.

3. Further, Mutual Funds shall report the utilisation of overseas investment limits on monthly basis, within 10 days from end of each month. The format for reporting is enclosed at Annexure A.

4. All other conditions specified in the above mentioned circulars shall remain unchanged.

5. The circular shall come into force with immediate effect.

6. This 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 Regulation 77 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 to protect the interests of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and to regulate the securities market.

Bithin Mahanta
General Manager
Tel no.: 022-26449634
Email: bithinm@sebi.gov.in

Annexure A

Overseas Investments Report as on DD/MM/YYYY

New Fund Offers (NFOs) – Overseas Investments (other than Overseas ETFs)

Name of
the
Mutual
Fund(1)
Name of the Scheme

(2)

Intended
Investment as
disclosed in
Scheme
Documents (in
USD mn)(3)
Date of
compl-etion of
NFO(4)
Date of
completion of 6 calendar
months from(4)              (5)
Limit utilized as at the month end DD/MM/ YYYY
(in USD mn)(6)
Unutilized
Balance
Amount (in
USD mn)(0)

New Fund Offers (NFOs) – Overseas ETFs

Name of
the
Mutual
Fund(1)
Name of the Scheme

(2)

Intended
Inves-tment as
disclosed in
Scheme
Documents (in
USD mn)(3)
Date of
completi
on of
NFO(4)
Date of
completion of 6 calendar
months from(4)              (5)
Limit utilized as at the month end DD/MM/ YYYY
(in USD mn)(6)
Unutilized
Balance
Amount (in
USD mn)(1)        

Ongoing Schemes

Parti-culars Name of the Mutual Fund

(1)

Limit utilized
as at the end
of previous
month
DD/MM/ YYYY
(in USD mn)
(2)
Average AUM for previous three calendar months

(3)

Additi-onal Limit /Head-room available based on 20% of (3)

(4)

Limit
utilized as
at the month end DD/MM/ YY YY (in USD mn)(5)
% of (5) on maxi-mum entitled investm ent limit

(6)

Unuti-lized
Balance
Amount
within
maxi-mum
limit allowed
(in USD mn)
(7)
Overseas Invest-ments (other than Overseas ETFs)
Overseas ETFs

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