Market regulator Sebi has asked Schneider Electric President Systems to either list on a stock exchange having nationwide terminals within six months or provide exit to its investors under the delisting norms.
Sebi said that if the company opts for de-listing, the reference date for computing the floor price would be the date on which the company made the public announcement for the exit offer.
Further, the shareholders who had tendered their shares in exit offer would be given an opportunity by the company for buying back the shares at the exit price, Sebi said in an order passed on Tuesday.
Schneider Electric President Systems, a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of standard and customised enclosure systems in India, was earlier listed on the Bangalore Stock Exchange (BgSE) and Pune Stock Exchange (PSE).
Following the de-recognition of BgSE and PSE in 2014 and 2015, respectively, the company moved to the dissemination board (DB) of the NSE in July 2016.
Prior to being moved to the DB, the 2012 and 2014 circulars issued by Sebi had cast an obligation on the company to migrate to a nationwide exchange or provide an exit option to the shareholders in terms of the delisting norms.
In addition, exclusively listed companies (ELCs) of de-recognised bourse were required to exercise one of the options prior to the exit of the stock exchanges where they were listed.
Sebi said it has not seen any evidence of efforts made by the company to comply with either of the said options prior to the exit of the BgSE and PSE.
“Therefore, admittedly, the company has not been in compliance with the provisions of the said circulars issued by Sebi as it neither made any efforts to migrate to a nationwide exchange even though it satisfied the listing norms of one such exchange nor made a delisting offer under the Delisting Regulations,” Sebi noted.
Schneider Electric President Systems opted for delisting option in 2017 instead of listing shares on a national stock exchange.
Schneider Electric South East Asia, the promoter of the company, made a public announcement in January 2011 to acquire up to 75 per cent equity shares of the company and categorically emphasised its intention to delist.
In February 2017, the company announced its exit offer proposal for its public shareholders at the fair value price of Rs 200.40 per share arrived at by the independent valuer. The exit offer was opened on February 24, 2017, and closed on March 10, 2017.
The company had a total of 1,986 non-promoter shareholders till February 2017 and they were together holding 25 per cent stake. Out of these 1,986 shareholders, 344 shareholders participated in the exit offer and tendered their shares, the regulator noted.
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