What happens to shareholders when a company is delisted?
We frequently hear about businesses wanting
to be listed on stock markets; nevertheless, the opposite is also true. Many
times, businesses want to stop offering shares on the market.
This phenomenon is known as delisting.
You've probably heard about Vedanta's delisting in the month of June.
Vedanta, which was listed on both exchanges, voluntarily delisted its stock
from the stock market.
what are delisted shares?
are shares of a publicly
traded firm that have been permanently withdrawn from the stock market for the
purpose of purchasing and selling.
Delisted shares will no longer be traded on
the National Stock Exchange (NSE) or the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). The
Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) regulates the process of
delisting securities for any corporation. Depending on the reason for
delisting, it might be voluntary or involuntary.
A company's shares might be delisted from
an exchange for a variety of reasons, including a lack of market
capitalization, a stock price that does not meet the required level,
insolvency, inability to comply with exchange regulatory criteria, mergers and
acquisitions, and so on.
Are you concerned about what will happen to
your shares if the company is delisted? You still hold a portion of the
company’s stake based on the number of shares you own. However, those shares
are not eligible for sale on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) or the Bombay
Stock Exchange (BSE).
Selling, on the other hand, can be done on
the over-the-counter market, which means you can find a buyer outside of
the stock exchange.
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are two options for the shareholders
1. Reverse Book Building is a great way to
get rid of your shares.
Through a reverse book building procedure,
the promoter or acquirer will buy back the shares. Promoters must make a public
notice of the repurchase by sending a letter of offer and a bidding form to
In this situation, eligible
shareholders can take advantage of the delisting offer by tendering
the shares through appropriate stockbrokers. The final price is determined
by the price at which the highest number of shares were offered.
The promoter will have the option of
considering or ignoring the pricing. All genuine offers up to the final price
are accepted if the promoter accepts the pricing.
Delisting is considered successful when the
number of shares tendered by public shareholders reaches the regulatory limits.
If the given limit is not met, the company will stay listed.
The remaining investors will be able to
sell their shares to the promoters. The promoters must accept all of the shares
at the same final price. This is allowed for a period of one year from the date
2. Wait for a buyer to come through.
You can keep your shares until you find a
buyer on the over-the-counter market if you haven't sold them back during the
reverse book building process or during the exit window period.
The delisted share may be difficult to
sell, given the lack of liquidity due to the lack of over-the-counter
transactions. When selling on the over-the-counter market, however, all you
need is time. Finding a buyer willing to buy at the appropriate price can take
a long time.
When a firm decides to delist for
commercial purposes, it normally offers its investors a buyback at a higher
price, which might result in a considerable profit.
However it's crucial to remember, that this
is only a temporary opportunity for investors to profit. The stock's price is
anticipated to fall once the buyback window closes.
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