Money & Banking

BoI gets SEBI nod for employee stock purchase scheme

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on September 15, 2018

Bank of India on Saturday said the Securities and Exchange Board of India has permitted it to adopt the "Issuance of equity shares through 'Employee Stock Purchase Scheme'" as a method to comply with the norms of Minimum Public Shareholding (MPS) as required under the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules.

Rule 19A of the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Rules, 1957 pegs the minimum public shareholding (MPS) in a company at 25 per cent. According to SEBI's letter to the bank: "It has been decided to accede to your request to adopt issuance of up to 10 crore fresh equity shares directly to permanent employees through Employee Stock Purchase a comply with MPS norms. This shall not be treated as a precedent. The approval is subject to the bank obtaining due approvals of Reserve Bank of India and Government of India."

As at June-end 2018, the government held 83.09 per cent stake in the public sector bank and the balance was held by the public.

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Published on September 15, 2018
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