A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 4
July 15, 2014
All Category I Authorised Dealer Banks
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India –
Issue/Transfer of Shares or Convertible Debentures
– Revised pricing guidelines
Attention of Authorized Dealers Category I (AD Category – I) banks is invited to Regulation 10(A)(b)(i), para 5 of Schedule 1, para 1(5) of Schedule 2 and para 2(iv) of Schedule 2A to the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) Regulations, 2000 (the Principal Regulations) notified vide Notification No. FEMA.20/2000-RB dated May 3, 2000 as amended from time to time, in terms of which, transfer/issue of shares of an Indian company is subject to pricing guidelines stipulated by the Reserve Bank and to A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 49 dated May 04, 2010, depicting the comprehensive position in this regard.
2. Attention of AD Category-I banks is also invited to Regulation 9 of the Principal Regulations read with A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 86 dated January 9, 2014 in terms of which optionality clauses have been allowed in equity shares and compulsorily and mandatorily convertible preference shares/debentures to be issued to a person resident outside India under the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) scheme subject to conditions mentioned therein.
3. The extant pricing guidelines in respect of transfer/issue of shares and for exit from investment in equity shares with or without optionality clauses of listed/unlisted Indian companies have since been reviewed so as to provide greater freedom and flexibility to the parties concerned under the FDI framework. The new pricing guidelines shall be as under:
(i) In case of listed companies
(a) The issue and transfer of shares including compulsorily convertible preference shares and compulsorily convertible debentures shall be as per the SEBI guidelines;
(b) The pricing guidelines for FDI instruments with optionality clauses shall continue to be in accordance with A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 86 dated January 9, 2014, i.e., the non-resident investor shall be eligible to exit at the market price prevailing on the recognised stock exchanges subject to lock-in period as stipulated, without any assured return.
(ii) In case of unlisted companies
The issue and transfer of shares including compulsorily convertible preference shares and compulsorily convertible debentures with or without optionality clauses shall be at a price worked out as per any internationally accepted pricing methodology on arm™s length basis. Thus, the guiding principle will be that the non-resident investor is not guaranteed any assured exit price at the time of making such investment/agreement and shall exit at a fair price computed as above at the time of exit subject to lock-in period requirement as applicable in terms of A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 86 dated January 9, 2014.
4. The changes in the existing pricing guidelines for FDI applicable to transfer/issue of shares and for exit from foreign direct investment with optionality clauses for the unlisted Indian companies are given in the Annex 1 and Annex 2 respectively.
5. An Indian company taking on record in its books any transfer of its shares or convertible debenture by way of sale from a resident to a non-resident and a non-resident to a resident shall disclose in its balance sheet for the financial year, in which the transaction took place, the details of valuation of share or convertible debentures, the pricing methodology adopted for the same as well as the agency that has given/certified the valuation.
6. These directions shall come into effect from the date of the publication of the relative Notification in the Official Gazette.
7. All the other instructions of A. P. (DIR Series) Circular No.16 dated October 4, 2004 read with A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.49 dated May 4, 2010 and A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No. 86 dated January 9, 2014 shall remain unchanged.
8. AD Category – I banks may bring the contents of this circular to the notice of their constituents and customers.
9 Reserve Bank has since amended the Principal Regulations through the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) (Seventh Amendment) Regulations, 2014 notified vide Notification No. FEMA.306/2014-RB dated May 23, 2014 c.f. G.S.R. No. 435(E) dated July 8, 2014.
10. The directions contained in this circular have been issued under sections 10(4) and 11(1) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999) and are without prejudice to permissions / approvals, if any, required under any other law.
Principal Chief General Manager
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