SEBI to issue guidelines for crowd-funding

SEBI chief Sinha also expressed concerned over the decline in capital raising activities as Rs60,000 crore worth of approvals and intentions to raise money have either been allowed to lapse or withdrawn during the past three years

Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is planning to issue guidelines for crowd-funding to encourage young entrepreneurs to raise capital from the market.

Speaking at an investors' conference in Mumbai, SEBI chairman UK Sinha said, “We are coming out with guidelines on crowd-funding soon, because we want to encourage young entrepreneurs to raise capital. Our aim is to help young people raise capital very smoothly.”

Crowd-funding typically involves young entrepreneurs and small groups of people raising funds for their ventures through various online platforms involving individuals as well as organisations.

Of late, such platforms are also being used for launching products that promise certain financial returns to the contributors.

While it is still in a nascent stage in India, compared to large markets like the US, China and the UK, the trend is catching up fast especially in the wake of emergence of social media as a key platform for such activities.

International Organisation of Securities Commission (IOSC), a body of market regulators across the world including SEBI, recently called for greater regulatory checks on ‘crowd-funding’ investment products to avoid any potential systemic risks in future.

Sinha also said that he is concerned about the decline in capital raising activities as Rs60,000 crore worth of approvals and intentions to raise money have either been allowed to lapse or withdrawn in the last three years.

“Several companies filed draft red herring prospectus with SEBI to raise capital. But they either withdrew or allowed it to be lapsed, Sinha said.

Sinha complimented BSE for achieving $1 billion market capitalisation of companies listed on its SME platform. SEBI’s initiative for IPO without listing received good response and within six months of issuing guidelines, three companies got listed on BSE’s institutional trading Platform, he said.

“This will allow qualified institutional bidders, private equity, venture capital good opportunity, so I expect that once this platform also succeeds, venture capital and private equity will find better to start getting their companies shifted here,” he said.


Decisive outcome required for further upside in Indian economy

According to Morgan Stanley, Indian market's move relative to emerging markets will continue to occur before the elections rather than after it unless there is a material positive surprise in the outcome

The world is about to witness the biggest election in history, which could herald a sea change for India’s economy that has struggled with stagflationary-type conditions over the past few years. "We believe that the outcome of the general elections will be key in determining the pace of reforms. A strong and stable government could accelerate this process, leading to a sustainable improvement in gross domestic product (GDP) growth," says Morgan Stanley in a research note.

According to the report, Indian equity market is pricing in a decisive election outcome and the beginning of a new growth cycle in its aftermath. It said, "India’s current market rally is in line with emerging market (EM) countries’ historical trend of pre-election performance, based on our study of 25 major EM elections since 2000. This has caused the market to be overbought within EM on our key technical measures. Yet, MSCI India’s 1-year forward P/E relative to MSCI EM is currently at a 42% premium, slightly above its 10-year historical average".

The pre-poll surveys are suggesting that India's next government will likely be a narrow Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition, with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) winning 230-240 seats headed by the party's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

According to Morgan Stanley, external funding and bank reforms are key for the Indian credit view. "If the election produced a strong political majority, we think credit spreads would likely tighten on the potential for improving BoP, SOE bank recapitalization and a more stable sovereign ratings outlook. From the currency market’s standpoint, the post-election reaction in Indian rupee would come from the impact on the capital account, where foreigners’ flows in equities would be the dominant driver for the currency," it added.

If the election result is decisive, utilities, SOE banks, energy, industrials and materials could gain the most.



Ramco Systems’ Rs123.35 crore rights issue to open on 5th May

Ramco Systems’ rights issue is priced at Rs155 per share, with a premium of Rs145 a piece. The issue would open on 5th May

Ramco Systems Ltd (Ramco), an IT consulting and software company announced that it would raise Rs123.35 crore through rights issue to meet its capital requirements. The rights issue will open for subscription on 5
th May to 19th May.

Ramco said, existing shareholders holding 2 shares will get 1 share through the rights issue (rights entitlement ratio of 1:2 shares).

Ramco will issue total 79.58 lakh shares at Rs155 per rights share including a premium of Rs145 per share to its existing shareholders.

Ramco also mentioned that the issue closing date may be extended by the committee without exceeding 30 days from issue opening date.

A year ago on 30the May, the board of directors of Ramco has approved the raising of further equity capital by issue of equity shares on a rights basis for an amount not exceeding Rs125 crore. The board has also constituted a rights issue 2013 committee and delegated necessary powers to this committee to decide about the terms and conditions and other modalities of the rights issue.

During December 2013 quarter, Ramco Systems’ sales fell 19% to Rs39.80 crore from Rs49.21 crore and recorded net loss of Rs8.49 crore from Rs3.87 crore compared with same period a year ago.

Ramco on Tuesday announced its strategic partnership with France-based Schneider Electric to offer advanced process control optimization solution for cement customers.

At 3.46pm Thursday, Ramco System was trading 3% down at Rs190 on BSE, while the S&P BSE Sensex was marginally up at 22,759.


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