SEBI circular on change of name by Listed Companies

CIR/MRD/DP/ 07 /2011


All Stock Exchanges

Dear Sir/Madam,

Sub: Change of Name by Listed Companies

1. Please refer to SEBI Circulars No. SMDRP/Policy/Cir-8/99 dated April 26,1999 and No. SEBI/MRD/Policy/AT/Cir-20/2004 dated April 30, 2004 on thecaptioned subject matter.

2. The aforementioned SEBI circular dated April 30, 2004 required all listed companies seeking change of name to comply inter alia with the followingprovision:

2.2. At least 50% of its total revenue in the preceding 1 year period should have been accounted for by the new activity suggested by the new name.

3. It is observed from the representations received from few companies and feedback received from the Stock Exchanges that the companies, where the gestation period of the business is usually longer and the revenue stream often delayed, find it difficult to comply with the aforesaid provision.

4. In view of the above, it is decided to modify the para 2.2 of the aforementioned circular as under:

2.2. At least 50% of its total revenue in the preceding 1 year period should have been accounted for by the new activity suggested bythe new name


The amount invested in the new activity/project (Fixed Assets +Advances + Works In Progress) is atleast 50% of the assets ofthe company. The ˜Advances™ shall include only those extendedto contractors and suppliers towards execution of project, specificto new activity as reflected in the new name.

To confirm the compliance of the aforesaid provision 2.2, the company shall submit auditor™s certificate to the exchange.

5. All the Stock Exchanges are advised to:-

5.1. implement the above by making necessary amendments to the bye-laws and Listing Agreement, as applicable;

5.2. to bring the provisions of this circular to the notice of the listed companies and member brokers/ clearing members and also to put upthe same on the website for easy access to the investors; and

5.3. communicate to SEBI the status of the implementation of the provisions of this circular and the action taken in this regard in the MonthlyDevelopment Report.

6. This circular is being issued in exercise of powers conferred under Section 11(1) of the Securities and Exchange Board of India Act, 1992, to protect theinterests of investors in securities and to promote the development of, and toregulate the securities market.

Yours faithfully,

Harini Balaji

Deputy General Manager


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