(Notified vide Circular No.CIR/IMD/DF1/48/2016 dated 21st April, 2016)
In order to streamline procedures for issuance of debt securities on private placement basis and enhance transparency to discover prices, it has been decided by SEBI to lay down a framework for issuance of debt securities on private placement basis through an electronic book mechanism.
To begin with, this electronic book mechanism has been mandated for all private placements of debt securities in primary market with an issue size of Rs.500 crores and above, inclusive of green shoe option, if any.
The following issuers shall have an option to follow either electronic book mechanism or the existing mechanism:
- Issues with a single investor and where coupon rate are fixed. However, arrangers acting as underwriters shall not be considered as single investors.
- Issues wherein the issue size is less than Rs. 500 crores inclusive of green shoe option, if any.
However, for all issues below Rs.500 crore, issuer shall disclose the coupon, yield, amount raised, number of investors and category of investors to the Electronic Book Provider and/ or to the information repository for corporate debt market as notified by SEBI, in the format as specified
Through this circular SEBI has defined the roles and responsibilities of Electronic Book Provider and other participants involved in the electronic book mechanism and has also provided procedure for electronic book mechanism.