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SEBI slaps Rs 10 lakh fine on Embassy Property Development

Embassy Property Development Pvt Ltd failed to bring down non-public shareholding in Mac Charles (India) Ltd to below 75 percent within the required timeline.

July 31, 2020 / 10:10 AM IST

Markets regulator SEBI on July 30 imposed a penalty of Rs 10 lakh on Embassy Property Development Pvt Ltd for failing to bring down non-public shareholding in Mac Charles (India) Ltd to below 75 percent within the required timeline.

SEBI, in its order, noted that Embassy Property Development acquired 73.41 percent shares of Mac Charles (India) Ltd by way of the share purchase agreement on February 7, 2017, and then pursuant to the open offer, its stake increased to 79.77 percent in the company.

Embassy Property Development failed to bring down its shareholding to 75 percent or less as per SAST Regulations.

Under SAST norms, if shares accepted in an open offer result in the shareholding of the acquirer taken together with persons acting in concert with him exceeding the maximum permissible non-public shareholding, the acquirer is required to bring down the non-public shareholding within a period of one year.

"Noticee (Embassy Property Development) has failed to comply with the MPS (minimum public shareholding) requirements and that noticee was required to bring down the non-public shareholding to 75 percent or below within twelve months from date of the change in shareholding i.e. February 7, 2017, and thereby to ensure compliance with...the SAST Regulation," SEBI said in its order.

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Accordingly, the regulator levied a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Embassy Property Development.

In a separate order, SEBI levied a penalty of Rs 12 lakh on Alok Industries for disclosure lapses.

The company failed to make prompt disclosure of its non-convertible debentures (NCDs), which were issued and listed during 2011 to 2012 period, to the stock exchanges, among others, as required under Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements.

In a separate order, SEBI exempted Chowdhary Foundation from open offer obligations with respect to the proposed acquisition of shares in Titagarh Wagons Ltd.

Under the proposed transaction, the trust will directly pick up 10.86 percent shares and indirectly acquire 18.74 percent stake in Titagarh Wagons, and along with promoter group, will hold an aggregate of 45.70 percent stake in the company.

It has been noted that there will be no change in control of the target company (Titagarh Wagons) following the proposed acquisition, and pre and post-acquisition shareholding of the promoters in the firm will remain the same, SEBI said in its order.

Accordingly, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) granted "exemption to the proposed acquirer from complying with the requirements...of the Takeover Regulations with respect to the proposed acquisitions in the target company, viz. Titagarh Wagons Limited".

The exemption has been granted subject to certain conditions, including compliance with provisions of Companies Act and other norms.
PTI
first published: Jul 31, 2020 09:50 am

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