SEBI/CFD/DI L/LA/4/2007/27/1 2
December 27, 2007
The Managing Director/Executive Director/Administrators of All Stock Exchanges
Sub.: Amendments to Equity Listing Agreement.
1.0 In order to bring more transparency in the governance of a listed company with regard to utilisation of issue proceeds and to enhance availability of and accessibility to the continuing disclosures by listed companies, it has been decided to amend Equity Listing Agreement to provide for the following:
2.0 Monitoring of utilisation of Issue Proceeds:
2.1 As per SEBI (Disclosure and Investor Protector) (DIP) Guidelines, 2000, every issuer company making a public or rights issue of more than Rs. 500 crores is required to appoint an agency to monitor the utilisation of issue proceeds. SEBI has, vide circular dated November 29, 2007 amending the SEBI (DIP) Guidelines, mandated that a monitoring agency shall henceforth be required to file its report with the issuer company instead of with SEBI.
2.2 Presently, clause 49 of Equity Listing Agreement requires the Audit Committee of an issuer company to monitor the utilisation of issue proceeds and to make appropriate recommendations to the Board of the issuer company. It is
therefore felt that even where a monitoring agency has been appointed, the report submitted by such agency may be placed before the Audit Committee of the issuer company, so as to enable the Audit Committee to make appropriate recommendations to the Board of the issuer company. Accordingly, it has been decided to amend clause 49 of Equity Listing Agreement, requiring the issuer company to place the monitoring report filed with it before its Audit Committee.
2.3 Further, every issuer company shall be required to inform material deviations in the utilisation of issue proceeds to the stock exchange and shall also be required to simultaneously make the material deviations / adverse comments of the Audit committee / monitoring agency public through advertisement in newspapers.
3.0 Electronic filing through Corporate Filing and Dissemination System (CFDS), viz., www.corpfiling.co.in
3.1 SEBI had, vide circular no. SMD/POLICY/Cir-13/02 dated June 20, 2002, introduced a clause in Equity Listing Agreement, which inter-alia mandated electronic filing of certain corporate information through the Electronic Data Information Filing and Retrieval (EDIFAR) system hosted by the National Informatics Centre on behalf of SEBI. It has been decided to phase out EDIFAR gradually in view of a new portal, viz., CFDS put in place jointly by BSE and NSE at the URL www.corpfiling.co.in. CFDS offers a XBRL enabled common platform for listed companies to file their returns with stock exchanges and also a common place for investors to view information related to listed companies.