Sebi makes dividend distribution policy must for top-1,000 listed companies – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: To strengthen corporate governance practices and disclosure requirements, Sebi on Thursday decided that top-1,000 listed firms should formulate a dividend distribution policy.
“Requirement for formulation of dividend distribution policy by the existing top-500 listed entities has been extended to the top-1,000 listed entities on the basis of market capitalisation,” Sebi said in a statement after conclusion of its board meeting.
In case of board meetings held for more than one day, Sebi said the financial results should be disclosed by listed entities within 30 minutes of end of the board meeting for the day on which such results are considered.
The regulator also cleared a proposal in relation to applicability, constitution and role of the risk management committee (RMC).
Sebi said requirement to seek stock exchange approval for change of name of a listed entity has been dispensed with.
Also, the requirement to publish newspaper advertisements for the notice to board meetings where financial results are to be discussed and for quarterly statement on deviation or variation in use of funds, has been dispensed with.
The timelines for submission of periodic reports — statement of investor complaints, corporate governance report and shareholding pattern — will be harmonised to 21 days from the end of each quarter, Sebi said.
Frequency of submission of compliance certificates relating to share transfer facility and issuance of share certificates within 30 days of lodgement for transfer, sub-division, among others have been revised from half-year to annual.
To strengthen these corporate governance practices, Sebi board approved several amendments to the LODR (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations.
“These amendments are aimed at ensuring gender neutrality and maintaining consistency within the LODR Regulations, harmonising certain provisions of the LODR Regulations with Companies Act, in addition to strengthening the corporate governance practices and disclosure requirements and easing the compliance burden on listed entities,” Sebi said.
The provisions of LODR norms, which become applicable to listed firms based on the market capitalisation criteria, should continue to apply even if such entities subsequently fall below the specified thresholds.
Paid-up capital as well net-worth criteria should continue to apply to such entities unless the paid-up capital or networth falls and continues to remain below the threshold for a period of three consecutive financial years, it added.
The requirement to constitute the RMC has been extended to the top-1,000 listed entities by market capitalisation from the existing top-500 listed entities.
The RMC should have minimum three members with majority of them being members of the board of directors, including at least one independent director.
The quorum for a meeting of the RMC should be either two members or one third of the members of the committee, whichever is higher, including at least one member of the board of directors in attendance.
The role of the RMC has been specified which includes formulation of a detailed risk management policy and monitoring its implementation, periodic review of such policy, review of the appointment, and removal and terms of remuneration of the chief risk officer (if any).



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