SEBI Releases New Disclosure Format For Abridged Prospectus

SEBI Releases New Disclosure Format For Abridged Prospectus

SEBI has come out with norms for companies’ disclosures on offer documents

New Delhi:

Aiming to provide greater clarity and transparency, markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has released a new format for disclosures under abridged prospectus, where critical information will be mentioned on the front page of the offer document.

Under the rules, every application form for the purchase of any securities of a company needs to be accompanied by an abridged prospectus.

After reviewing the disclosure requirement, it was felt that due to the multitude of information which is required to be disclosed, the look and text on the front page appears to be crowded, the markets regulator said in a circular.

As per the revised format, a company will have to disclose name of the promoter, details of offer to public – types of issue, fresh issue and offer for sale (OFS) component, total issue size – and share reservations details on the front page of the abridged prospectus (DRHP or RHP).

Also, the company is required to make disclosure about details of OFS by promoter, promoter group and other shareholders.

In the abridged prospectus containing salient features of the Red Herring Prospectus (RHP), the company will have to disclose about price band and minimum bid lot under the revised format.

Also, the issuer company has to disclose about indicative timelines for opening and closing of the issue, initiation of refunds, credit of equity shares to demat accounts of allottees and commencement of trading of equity shares among others.

The initiative is aimed at providing greater clarity and consistency in the disclosures across various documents and to provide additional but critical information in the abridged prospectus. 

SEBI said that the abridged prospectus will be made available on the website of issuer company, lead managers, registrar to an issuers and a link for downloading the prospectus will have to be provided in price band advertisement. 

The issuer company and merchant bankers will have to ensure that the disclosures in the abridged prospectus are adequate, accurate and does not contain any misleading or mis-statement.

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