SEBI Banned: Slaps a fine on Apollo Tyres

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Markets regulator SEBI slapped a fine of Rs 65 lakh on Apollo Tyres NSE -3.51 % for violating norms.It was related  to buyback of shares. The ruling comes after the Securities Appellate Tribunal, in January 2017.It  had set aside the over Rs 1 crore penalty imposed by Sebi on Apollo Tyres in the matter and had directed the regulator to pass a fresh order.

According to the tribunal, the overall penalty amount was in excess of the limit prescribed under the SEBI Act.

The company and its promoters bought the shares of Apollo Tyres.  It was  in contravention of the relevant section of the Companies Act and SEBI regulations. In 2003 the company commuted violations.

In a fresh order , SEBI said,”The noticee (Apollo Tyres) had bought back a controlling block of shares as per the scheme, but did not comply with the provisions of buyback Regulations.”

According to SEBI, Apollo Tyres did not follow any of the methods for repurchase of shares. As specified under the buyback regulation.

Under the Regulation 4(1) of buyback, a company can buy back shares through tender offer, open market through book building process via stock exchange and from odd-lot holders.

“I am of the view that the notice failed to comply with Regulation 4(1) of buyback Regulations. It affected the buyback of its shares. SEBI General Manager and Adjudicating Officer K Saravanan said in his 102-page order.

Final Words

Furthermore, the company failed to submit its board resolution dated April 24, 2003. They  authorized the buyback to the markets regulator with the requisite timeframe. The company also failed to issue a public notice within the time limit about the extinguished shares.

Accordingly, the regulator has imposed “a penalty of Rs 65 lakh on the notice viz Apollo Tyres Limited”.

Earlier in July 2014, SEBI had levied a total fine of Rs 1.03 crore fine on Apollo Tyres.It  violated the  norms pertaining to buyback of shares.