total, more than 50 firms currently have a public holding of 10 per cent or below, making it difficult for them to meet the deadline, while around 30-40 companies would need to sell just one per cent or less shares to adhere to the
The public sector companies have time till August 2013 to achieve a minimum public shareholding of 10 per cent. Any action against the public sector companies would be discussed at a later stage as they have more time in hand and the minimum public shareholding limit is also lower in their case.
Also, the number of PSU firms with public shareholding of below 10 per cent as of now is less than 20, although level of non-adherence is much larger as some of them have public holding of one per cent or below.
The Sebi has provided various options over the recent months to help the companies meet minimum public shareholding criteria, by permitting options of rights/bonus issuances of shares, as also new routes like Offer for Sale (OFS) and Institutional Placement Programme (IPP).
Besides, in exceptional situations, where any company has a special difficulty in following the prescribed methods because of reasons peculiar to it, Sebi Chairman is authorised to approve a specific solution on case-to-case basis.
The listed entities desirous of achieving the minimum public shareholding requirement through other means can approach Sebi with the appropriate details, while companies can also seek any relaxation within the available methods.
However, Sebi is not willing to extend the deadline any further, which was set way back in 2010, the official said.
Sebi is even willing to allow 'corporate restructuring' as a means of achieving minimum public shareholding, but the companies desirous of using this method are required to seek prior approval from the regulator, he added.