Jet gets extension to meet SEBI's public shareholding norm

For the private listed companies, the deadline to meet the Sebi-stipulated public shareholding norm is June-end.

Updated: May 14, 2013, 23:48 PM IST

Mumbai: Jet Airways on Tuesday said it has got regulatory extension to meet the mandatory 25 percent public shareholding norm in the private airline.

In a filing to BSE, Jet said SEBI, on May 13, relaxed the requirement of 12-week cool-off period after the proposed inter se transfer of shares to enable the company to undertake the offer for sale through stock exchange mechanism to achieve the minimum level of public shareholding as required under the Securities Contracts Regulations, 1957.

For the private listed companies, the deadline to meet the Sebi-stipulated public shareholding norm is June-end.

On April 30, the airline had said it will bring down the personal holding of Chairman Naresh Goyal to 51 percent in order to meet the 25 percent floating share norms by making the Group holding company Tail Winds sell excess shares to fund houses and other investors.

However, the private carrier's proposed 24 percent stake sale to Gulf carrier Etihad Airways is yet to go through and hence the extension.

As per the norms, privately promoted companies are expected to have public shareholding at 25 percent by June-end while the same for the state-run listed firms has been relaxed to 10 percent, which is to be met by August.

The rules are expected to improve corporate governance and help in protecting the interest of the minority shareholders.

PTI