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SEBI has issued a Circular on 6th July 2021, to bring into action Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for listed subsidiary companies desirous of getting delisted through a Scheme of Arrangement wherein the listed parent holding company and the listed subsidiary are in the same line of business.

SEBI vide notification dated 10th June, 2021, amended the SEBI (Delisting of Equity Shares) Regulations, 2021, by inserting special provisions for a listed subsidiary company getting delisted through a scheme of arrangement wherein, the listed holding company and the listed subsidiary company are in the same line of business.

SOP for delisting of Subsidiary Company

Particulars

SOP

Meaning of same line of business

For the purposes of defining ‘same line of business’, the following criteria needs to be fulfilled by holding & subsidiary co.:

a. Principal economic activities of both are under the same Group (3-digit numeric code) under the National Industrial Classification (NIC) Code 2008.

b. Not less than 50%of revenue from the operations of both must come from same line of business as per latest audited financial statements submitted by both the Cos.

c. Not less than 50% of the net tangible assets of both must have been invested in the same line of business as per latest audited financial statements submitted by both the Cos.

d. In case of change of name of the listed entities, within the last 1 year, at least 50% of the revenue, calculated on a restated and consolidated basis, for the preceding 1 full year has to be earned by it from the activity indicated by its new name.

e. Both the Cos. are required to provide a self-certification with respect to being in the same line of business.

Certification

The above-mentioned criteria is to be certified by the Statutory Auditor of the Companies & SEBI registered Merchant Banker.

Minimum period of listing

In terms of Regulation 37(2)(e) & (f) of the SEBI (Delisting of Equity Shares) Regulations, 2021, the shares of the Cos. shall be listed for at least 3 years and the subsidiary company shall be a listed subsidiary of the listed holding company for a period of 3 years.

 
 

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Category Corporate Law, Other Articles by - CS Tanveer Singh Saluja 



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