Securities and Exchange Broad of India

SEBI/HO/MIRSD/CRADT/CIR/P/2020/230

November 12, 2020

To,

All listed entities who have listed their debt securities or
issuers who propose to list their debt securities
All Recognized Stock Exchanges
All Debenture Trustees registered with SEBI

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Sub: Monitoring and Disclosures by Debenture Trustee(s)

1. SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 and SEBI (Debenture Trustees) Regulations, 1993 (“DT Regulations”) mandates issuers to submit information/ documents to Debenture Trustee(s). In order to enable debenture trustee(s) to discharge its obligations in respect of listed debt securities, the debenture trustee(s) shall undertake independent periodical assessment of the compliance with covenants or terms of the issue of listed debt securities including for ‘security created’.

A. Monitoring of ‘security created’ / ‘assets on which charge is created’

2. SEBI Circular No. SEBI/ HO/ MIRSD/ CRADT/ CIR/ P/ 2020/218 dated November 03, 2020, has prescribed the manner in which debenture trustees shall carry out due diligence for creation of security at the time of issuance of debt securities and as required under Regulation 15(1)(s) & 15(1)(t) of DT Regulations, debenture trustee(s) shall carry out due diligence on continuous basis. Debenture trustee shall carry out periodical monitoring in following manner:

2.1. Debenture trustee shall incorporate the terms and conditions of periodical monitoring in the debenture trust deed wherein listed entity shall be liable to provide relevant documents/ information, as applicable, to enable the debenture trustee(s) to submit the following reports/ certification to Stock Exchange(s) within the timelines mentioned below:

Reports/Certificate Periodicity Format
Asset cover Certificate Quarterly  basis  within 60 days from end of each quarter Annexure A
A statement of value of pledged securities
A statement of value for Debt Service Reserve Account or any other form of security offered
Net worth certificate of guarantor (secured by way of personal guarantee) Half yearly basis within 60 days from end of each half-year.
Financials/value of guarantor prepared on basis of audited financial statement etc. of the guarantor (secured by way of corporate guarantee) Annual basis within 75 days from end of each financial year.
Valuation report and title search report for the immovable/movable assets, as applicable.

2.2. For existing debt securities, listed entities and debenture trustee(s) shall enter into supplemental/amended debenture trust deed within 120 days from the date of this circular incorporating the changes in the debenture trust deed.

2.3. In case, a listed entity has more than one debenture trustee for its listed debt securities, then debenture trustees may choose a common agency for preparation of asset cover certificate.

B. Action to be taken in case of breach of covenants or terms of issue

3. In case of breach of covenants or terms of the issue by listed entity, the debenture trustee shall take steps as outlined in para 6.1 and 6.3 of SEBI Circular SEBI/HO/MIRSD/CRADT/CIR/P/2020/203 dated October 13, 2020 and thereafter take necessary action as decided in the meeting of holders of debt securities in this regard.

C. Disclosure on website by debenture trustee

4. The debenture trustee(s) shall make the following disclosures on their websites as specified below:

Disclosures Periodicity Format
Revision in Credit ratings Continuous        basis within  T+1   day from receipt of information Table 1 of Annexure B
Status of payment of interest/ principal by the listed entity Table 2 of Annexure B
Monitoring of Asset cover certificate and Quarterly compliance report of the listed entity. Quarterly basis within 60 days of end of each quarter Table 3 of Annexure B
Details of Debenture issues handled by debenture trustee and their status Half-yearly         basis within 60 days of the end of each half-year Table 4 of Annexure B
Status of information regarding breach of covenants/terms of the issue, if any action taken by debenture trustee Table 5 of Annexure B
Complaints received by debenture trustee(s) including default cases Table 6 of Annexure B
Status regarding maintenance of accounts maintained under
supervision of debenture trustee
Annual basis within 75 days of the end of the financial year Table 7 of Annexure B
Status of information regarding any default by listed entity and   action taken by debenture trustee Table 8 of Annexure B
Monitoring of Utilization Certificate Table 3 of Annexure B

D. Reporting of regulatory compliance

5. The formats for periodical reporting prescribed by SEBI Circular No. CIR/MIRSD/25/2011 dated December 19, 2011 stands rescinded and the debenture trustee(s) shall furnish revised periodical reports to SEBI in the formats as follows:

Report Periodicity Format
Half yearly compliance report Half-yearly          basis within 30 days of the end of each half-year. Annexure C
Details of other activities carried out by Debenture Trustee(s) including type of activity, description of activity etc.
Risk-Based Supervision report

6. This circular is issued in exercise of the powers conferred upon SEBI under Section 11 (1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992 read with the provisions of Regulation 2A of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Debenture Trustees) Regulations, 1993, Regulation 31(1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Debt Securities) Regulations, 2008, Regulation 101(1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015 and Regulation 29 of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Issue and Listing of Municipal Debt Securities) Regulations, 2015 to protect the interest of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and to regulate, the securities market.

7. Applicability: The provisions of this circular shall come into force w.e.f. quarter ended December 31, 2020 for listed debt securities.

Yours faithfully,

Richa G. Agarwal
Deputy General Manager
Market intermediaries Regulation & Supervision Department
Email id: richag@sebi.gov.in
Phone: +91-22-26449596

Annexure A

Format of certificate for asset cover by debenture trustee in respect of listed debt securities of the listed entity

To,

Stock Exchange (s)

Based on examination of books of accounts and other relevant records/documents, we hereby certify that:

a) The listed entity has vide its Board Resolution and information memorandum/offer document and under various Debenture Trust Deeds, has issued the following listed debt securities:

ISIN Private Issue Placement/ Public Secured/ Unsecured Sanctioned Amount

b) Asset Cover for listed debt securities:

i. The financial information as on DD-MM-YY has been extracted from the books of accounts for the year ended DD-MM-YY and other relevant records of the listed entity;

ii. The assets of the listed entity provide coverage of times of the interest and principal amount, which is in accordance with the terms of issue/ debenture trust deed (calculation as per statement of asset cover ratio for the Secured debt securities – table – I)

iii. The total assets of the listed entity provide coverage of times of the principal, which is in accordance with the terms of issue (calculation as per statement of asset coverage ratio available for the unsecured debt securities – table – II) (as per requirement of Regulation 54 read with Regulation 56(1)(d) of LODR Regulations).

Table – I:

Sr. No. Particulars Amount
i. Total assets available for secured Debt Securities’ – (secured by either pari passu or exclusive charge on assets)

(mention the share of Debt Securities’ charge holders)

A
  • Property Plant & Equipment (Fixed assets) – movable/immovable property etc
  • Loans /advances given (net of provisions, NPAs and sell down portfolio), Debt Securities, other credit extended etc
  • Receivables including interest accrued on Term loan/ Debt Securities etc
  • Investment(s)
  • Cash and cash equivalents and other current/ Non-current assets
ii. Total borrowing through issue of secured Debt Securities (secured by either pari passu or exclusive charge on assets) B
  • Debt Securities (Provide details as per table below)
  • IND – AS adjustment for effective Interest rate on secured Debt Securities
  • Interest accrued/payable on secured Debt Securities
iii. Asset Coverage Ratio

(100% or higher as per the terms of offer document/information memorandum/ debenture trust deed)

A/B

ISIN wise details

S.No. ISIN Facility Type of
charge
Sancti-oned Amount Outsta-nding
Amount As on DD-MM-YYYY
Cover Required Assets
Required
1. XYZ Non-convertible Debt Securities Pari-

passu/ exclusive

Grand Total

Table – II

SN Particulars Amount
i. Net assets of the listed entity available for unsecured lenders (Property Plant & Equipment (excluding intangible assets and prepaid expenses) + Investments + Cash & Bank Balances + Other current/ Non-current assets excluding deferred tax assets (-) Total assets available for secured lenders/creditors on pari passu/exclusive charge basis under the above heads (-) unsecured current/ non-current liabilities (-) interest accrued/ payable on unsecured borrowings) A
ii. Total Borrowings (unsecured) B
  • Term loan
  • Non-convertible Debt Securities
  • CC/OD Limits
  • Other Borrowings
  • IND – AS adjustment for effective Interest rate on unsecured borrowings
iii. Assets Coverage Ratio

(100%  or higher as per the terms of Offer Document/ Information Memorandum/ Debenture Trust Deed)

(A/B)

c) Compliance of all the covenants/terms of the issue in respect of listed debt securities of the listed entity

We have examined the compliances made by the listed entity in respect of the covenants/terms of the issue of the listed debt securities (NCD’s) and certify that the such covenants/terms of the issue have been complied by the listed entity except as stated below: –

………………………

……………………..

Annexure B

1. Revision in Credit ratings

S. No. Name of the Listed
Entity
ISIN Immediate Previous Credit Rating Revised Credit Rating
Credit
Rating
Date of
Rating
Credit Rating Agency Credit
Rating
Credit Rating
Agency
Date of
Review
Hyperlink of the press
releases by the Credit rating
Agency

2. Status of payment of interest/principal by the listed enti

S.No Name of the listed
entity
ISIN Due Date of
Payment of Interest/ Principal
Actual date of
Payment of
Interest/
Principal
Status of Payment (Default/ Delayed /Non-Cooperation, No Information etc.) Date of infor-mation given to Exchange by the debenture trustee Date of infor-mation given to CRA by the debenture trustee Details of action taken by debenture trustee, if any

3. Monitoring of Utilization Certificate and Asset Cover

Name of the listed entity (including ISIN )
Issue Type (Public/ Privately placed listed)
Issue size (in ₹ crores)
Whether Secured/ Unse-cured
Perio-dical status/ perfor-mance reports/ Quarterly Comp-liance reports/ Financial state-ments submitted by the listed entity (Yes/No)
Utilization Certificate
Asset cover Certificate
Date of receipt of the certi-ficate
Delay (if any) & reasons (including follow up done by  debenture trustee)
Asset Cover Certificate provided by (deben-ture trustee/ statutory auditor/ other pls specify)
Asset cover ratio maint-ained
Date of Asset cover certificate
Delay (if any in submi-ssion) & reasons (including follow up done by deben-ture trustee)

4. Details of Debenture issues handled by debenture trustee and their status

Type
Debenture issues at end of last half year ended March/Sep 20…
Debenture issues accepted during half year ended March /Sep 20…
Debenture issues fully redeemed during half year ended March /Sep 20…
Debenture issues outstanding as on last day of half year ended March /Sep 20…
Cumul-ating issues handled up to the half year ended March/ Sep 20…
Secured
Unsecu-red
Total
Secured
Unsecu-red
Total
Secured
Unsecu-red
Total
Secured
Unsecu-red
Total
No.
Amt.
No.
Amt.
No.
Amt.
No.
Amt.
No.
Amt.
No.
Amt.
No.
Amt.
No.
Amt.
No.
Amt.
No.
Amt.
No.
Amt.
No.
Amt.
No.
Amt.
Public
Rights
Privately Placed Listed
Total

5. Status of information regarding breach of covenants/terms of the issue, if any action taken by debenture trustee

S. No.
Name of the Listed Entity (ISIN)
Covenants /terms of issue (if any) breached during the quarter
Security to be enforced due to breach of covenant/ terms of issue including any revised due date (if any)
Date of actual breach
Date of detecting the breach by the debenture trustee
Date of intimation given to debenture holders, stock exchanges, SEBI, etc. (if applicable)
Delay if any (in no. of days)
Reasons for the delay
Further action taken, if any
In detecting the breach
In intimation

6. Complaints received by debenture trustee including default cases

No. of pending Complaints at the end of last half year
No. of complaints received during the half year
No. of complaints resolved during the half year (within 30 days)
No. of complaints pending at the end of half year (for more than 30 days)
Nature of the Complaint(s)
Steps taken to resolve the pending complaints
Remarks, if any
Delay in payment of interest
Delay in payment of redemption
Any other

7. Status regarding maintenance of accounts maintained under supervision of debenture trustee

a. Debenture Redemption Reserve/Debenture Redemption/maintenance of funds as per Companies (Share Capital and Debentures) Rules, 2014

S. No. Name of the
Listed Entity
Issue Type (Public/ Privately placed listed) Type of entity (NBFC/ HFC/FI/ Other) Issue Size
(in ₹ crores)
ISIN (that is maturing in the current FY) Amount
outstanding
Status of maintenance of DRR (15%/10% of the amount maturing in the year, applicable as per Companies
(Share Capital and Debentures) Rules, 2014)
Details of
action taken, if
any

b. Recovery expense fund

S. No. Name of the Listed Entity (including
ISINs)
Type of Issue (Public/ Privately Placed) Issue
Size (in
₹ crores)
Size/ Value of
recovery fund
maintained
Any addition in the
Recovery Expense fund during the quarter
Details of usage of the funds, if any , during the quarter Additional remarks

c. Accounts/funds to be maintained in case of Municipal Debt Securities

S.No. Name of the
Listed Entity
Type of Issue (Public/ Privately Placed) Issue Size (in ₹ crores) Size/Value of Fund/account maintained Action taken by debenture trustee, if any (in case of shortfall etc)
No lien escrow account Interest payment account Sinking fund account

8. Status of information regarding any default by listed entity and action taken by debenture trustee

Name of the listed entity (inclu- ding ISIN)
Issue Type (Public/ Privately placed listed)
Issue size (in ₹ crores)
Secured /Unse-cured
Default of interest/ redem-ption amount (Yes/ No) along with the amount outsta-nding
Year of default (1st/ 2nd/ 3rd/ ..)
Date of intimating/ sending notice to the debenture holders
Result of the voting (receipt of consents), if applicable
Date of convening the meeting of debenture holders
Date of enforce-ment of security (Filing with DRT/NC LT as appli-cable)
Date and details of any other actions (Appoin-tment of nominee director, joining ICA, etc.)
Date of conclu-sion of recovery proce-edings
Negative consent for enforce-ment of security
Positive consent for signing the ICA
Other consents, if any

Annexure C

1. COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE FOR THE HALF YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER / MARCH 20..

a) No conflict of interests with other activities

The activities other than debenture trusteeship performed by DT are not in conflict with DT activities and appropriate systems and policies have been put in place to protect the interests of debenture holders.

b) Change in status or constitution

Reporting of changes in status or constitution’ of DT (In terms of SEBI Circular No. CIR/MIRSD/10/2011 dated June 20, 2011)

c) Other Information

i. Details of arrest / conviction of key officials of DT

ii. Details of prosecution cases or criminal complaints filed by investors against the DT

iii. Details of any fraudulent activity by the employees associated with DT activities and action taken by the DT

iv. Details of conviction of any offence involving moral turpitude or any economic offence by employees of DT

v. Action taken by the DT on the above issues

d) Compliance with registration requirements:

Certified that the requirements specified for SEBI registration as DT are fulfilled, the details are as under;

i. Net worth (audited) as defined in the Regulations as on FY ended ……… (as per the latest audited financials)

ii. Any change in infrastructure since the last report / registration/ renewal

iii. Changes in Key personnel during the half year ended…….. )

Name(s) of the key personnel Appointment / Cessation Date of appointment / cessation Qualification Experience

e) Details of deficiencies and non-compliances

f) Details of the review of the report by the Board of Directors

i. Date of Board Review (DD/MM/YYYY)

ii. Observation of the Board of Directors on the deficiencies and non-compliances and corrective measures initiated

Certified that we have complied with SEBI (Debenture Trustee) Regulations, 1993, applicable provisions of SEBI (Issue and Listing of Debt Securities) Regulations, 2008, Circulars issued by SEBI and any other laws applicable from time to time except the deficiencies and non-compliances those specifically reported at Section IV (E) above.

Name of Compliance Officer
Email ID

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