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Clause 24 of the Listing Agreement for Equity Shares
Clause 24 of the Listing Agreement for Equity Shares is as under:
(a) The company agrees to obtain ‘in-principle’ approval for listing from the exchanges having nationwide trading terminals where it is listed, before issuing further shares or securities. Where the company is not listed on any exchange having nationwide trading terminals, it agrees to obtain such 'in-principle' approval from all the exchanges in which it is listed before issuing further shares or securities. The company agrees to make an application to the Exchange for the listing of any new issue of shares or securities and of the provisional documents relating thereto.
(b) The company agrees to make true, fair and adequate disclosure in the offer document / draft prospectus / letter of offer in respect of any new or further issue of shares / securities.
(c) The company agrees that it shall not issue any prospectus/offer document/letter of offer for public subscription of any securities unless the said prospectus/offer document/letter of offer has been vetted by SEBI and an Acknowledgment Card obtained from SEBI through the lead manager. Unless the regulation / guidelines of the Securities and Exchange Board of India provide otherwise.
(d) The company further agrees that the company shall submit to the Exchange the following documents to enable it to admit/list the said securities for dealings on the Exchange, such as -
(i) a copy of the Acknowledgment Card or letter indicating the observations on draft prospectus / letter of offer / offer documents by SEBI; unless the regulation/guidelines of the Securities and Exchange Board of India provide otherwise, and
(ii) a certificate from a Merchant Banker acting as a lead manager to the issue reporting positive compliance by the company of the SEBI (ICDR) Regulations, 2009.
(e) in the event of non-submission of the documents as mentioned in sub-clause (d) above by the company to the Exchange or withdrawal of the Acknowledgment Card by SEBI at any time before grant of permission of listing/admission to dealings of the securities, the securities shall not be eligible for listing/dealing, as the case may be, and the company shall be liable to refund the subscription monies to the respective investors immediately.
(f) The company agrees that it shall file any scheme/petition proposed to be filed before any Court or Tribunal under sections 391,394 and 101 of the Companies Act, 1956, with the stock exchange, for approval, at least a month before it is presented to the Court or Tribunal.
(g) The company agrees to ensure that any scheme of arrangement/amalgamation/merger/ reconstruction/reduction of capital, etc., to be presented to any Court or Tribunal does not in any way violate, override or circumscribe the provisions of securities laws or the stock exchange requirements.
Explanation: For the purpose of this sub-clause, ‘securities laws’ mean the SEBI Act, 1992, the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956, the Depositories Act, 1996 and the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956 which are administered by SEBI under section 55A thereof, the rules, regulations, guidelines etc. made under these Acts and the Listing Agreement.
(h) The company agrees that in the explanatory statement forwarded by it to the shareholders u/s 393 or accompanying a proposed resolution to be passed u/s 100 of the Companies Act, it shall disclose the pre and post-arrangement or amalgamation (expected) capital structure and shareholding pattern, and the “fairness opinion” obtained from an Independent merchant bankers on valuation of assets / shares done by the valuer for the company and unlisted company.
(i) The company agrees that, while filing for approval any draft Scheme of amalgamation / merger / reconstruction, etc. with the stock exchange under subclause (f), it shall also file an auditors’ certificate to the effect that the accounting treatment contained in the scheme is in compliance with all the Accounting Standards specified by the Central Government in Section 211(3C) of the Companies Act, 1956.
Provided that in case of companies where the respective sectoral regulatory authorities have prescribed norms for accounting treatment of items in the financial statements contained in the scheme, the requirements of the regulatory authorities shall prevail.
Explanation – For this purpose, mere disclosure of deviations in accounting treatments as provided in para 42 of AS-14 shall not be deemed as compliance with the above.