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Monday, August 23, 2010

Investments in shares for holding stake in group companies but NOT for trading or anyother financial activity requires RBI NBFC Registration as Core Investment Company if asset size is Rs. 100 crores

Regulatory Framework for Core Investment Companies (CICs)

The Bank had announced in the Annual Policy 2010-2011 that companies which have their assets predominantly as investments in shares for holding stake in group companies but not for trading, and also do not carry on any other financial activity, i.e., Core Investment Companies, (CICs), justifiably deserve a differential treatment in the regulatory prescription applicable to Non-Banking Financial Companies which are non deposit taking and systemically important.

1. Core Investment Company (CIC) means:

A Non Banking Finance Company (NBFC) carrying on the business of acquisition of shares and securities which satisfies the following conditions:-

  • it holds atleast 90% of Total Assets as investment in equity shares, preference shares, debt or loans in group companies;
  • its investments in the equity shares (including instruments compulsorily convertible into equity shares within a period not exceeding 10 years from the date of issue) in group companies constitutes atleast 60% of its Total Assets;
  • it does not trade in its investments in shares, debt or loans in group companies except through block sale for the purpose of dilution or disinvestment;
  • it does not carry on any other financial activity referred to in Section 45I(c) and 45I(f) of the RBI Act, 1934 except investment in bank deposits, money market instruments, government securities, loans and investments in debt issuances of group companies or guarantees issued on behalf of group companies.

Note: Registered CIC can hold or accept public deposit.

2. CIC with an asset size of Rs. 100 crores or more, will be regarded as Non Deposit Taking Systemically Important (CICs-ND-SI) and requires registration with RBI.

3. A CIC-ND-SI which fulfills the following conditions , will not be required to meet the requirement for maintaining Net Owned Funds  (NOF) & capital adequacy and exposure norms as required under Non-Banking Financial (Non-Deposit Accepting or holding)  Companies Prudential Norms (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2007

  • Maintenance of minimum Capital Ratio where Adjusted Net Worth is atleast 30% of its Aggregate Risk Weighted Assets on Balance Sheet and risk adjusted value off-balance sheet items as on the date of the last audited Balance Sheet  at the end of the financial year.
  • Ensuring that it’s outside liabilities at all times is UPTO 2.5 times of the Adjusted Net Worth as on last audited Balance Sheet date.

4. All CICs-ND-SI, whether they are exempted in the past from registration with RBI or not, should apply to the RBI for obtaining Certificate of Registration within a period of 6 months from 12th August 2010 (i.e) within 11th February 2010.

5. Companies which presently have an asset size of less than Rs 100 crores would be required to apply to RBI for Certificate of Registration within 3 months of achieving a Balance Sheet size of Rs. 100 crores.

6. CICs-ND-SI will be required to submit an Annual Certificate from their statutory auditors regarding compliance with the above guidelines within 1 month from the date of finalisation of the Balance-Sheet.

Source:  RBI/2010-11/168 DNBS (PD) CC.No. 197/03.10.001/2010-11 dated 12th August 2o1o


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