SEBI’s Board approves several amendments to Securities and Exchange Board of India (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015:

Sebi approved formulation of dividend distribution policy by the existing top 500 listed entities has been extended to the top 1000 listed entities on the basis of market capitalisation. Further,  In case of board meetings held for more than one day, the financial results shall be disclosed by listed entities within 30 minutes of end of the board meeting for the day on which the financial results are considered. 

Further approval of amendment include the provisions of the LODR Regulations which become applicable to listed entities based on (i) the market capitalisation criteria, shall continue to apply even if such entities subsequently fall below the specified thresholds (ii) paid-up capital and net-worth, shall continue to apply to such entities unless the paid-up capital or net-worth falls and continues to remain below the threshold for a period of three consecutive financial years.

The amendments lead to dispense of requirement to seek stock exchange approval for change of name of a listed entity and 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. 

The timelines for submission of periodic reports viz. statement of investor complaints, corporate governance report and shareholding pattern will be harmonized to 21 days from the end of each quarter.  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, etc. is revised from half-year to annual.