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Holding Companies Surge Up to 20% Following SEBI Circular

25 June 20245 mins read by Angel One
SEBI announced a new framework that boosts liquidity and fair pricing for holding company stocks, resulting in gains of up to 20% amid investor optimism.
Holding Companies Surge Up to 20% Following SEBI Circular
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Shares of holding company stocks, including Bombay Burmah, Bajaj Holdings, and Pilani Investments, saw gains of up to 20% today. This surge follows the announcement by SEBI of a new framework for special call auctions aimed at better price discovery for such companies.

SEBI’s New Framework 

SEBI’s circular noted that many holding companies are infrequently traded and often at prices significantly lower than their book value which typically reflects a company’s equity, but holding companies, which primarily own investments in other listed entities within the same group, have faced issues with liquidity and fair price discovery. 

Classification Criteria

Under SEBI’s new guidelines, holding companies must meet specific criteria to be eligible for special call auctions:

  • At least 50% of assets must be invested in scrips of other listed companies.
  • Stocks should be listed and available for trading for at least one year and not suspended.
  • The six-month Volume Weighted Average Price (VWAP) of these stocks should be less than 50% of the book value per share, based on their investments in other listed companies. If not traded in the last six months, the six-month VWAP will be considered zero.

Special Call Auction

The process involves:

  • Disclosure of the notice on the exchange’s website.
  • Stock exchanges initiate the call auction with no price band, giving a 14-day advance notice.
  • Successful price discovery based on orders from at least five distinct PAN numbers.

If unsuccessful on the first day, the auction will continue daily until a price is discovered. The special call auction will be conducted annually, with the first scheduled for October 2024, based on the latest audited financial information.

Market Reaction

In response to SEBI’s announcement, shares of Vardhman Holdings and Kalyani Investments hit a 20% upper circuit, while other holding companies recorded gains between 5% to 20%. This positive market reaction showcases investor optimism about improved price discovery and liquidity for holding companies.

Company Name Stock Gain(%) CMP
Bombay Burmah 20% Rs.2,020.65
Bajaj Holdings 6.18% Rs.8,735.00
JSW Holdings 10.39% Rs.7,413.10
Kama Holdings 9.43% Rs.2,956.60
Kalyani Investments 20% Rs.5,926.95
Tata Investment  2.17% Rs.6,801.55
TVS Holdings 3.25% Rs.12,196.5
Vardhman Investments 20% Rs.4,067.85

Conclusion: In conclusion, SEBI’s new framework for special call auctions will help in enhancing the liquidity and fair pricing of holding company stocks. By addressing the discrepancy between market price and book value, SEBI has worked on a more transparent and efficient market environment. 

Disclaimer: This blog has been written exclusively for educational purposes. The securities mentioned are only examples and not recommendations. It is based on several secondary sources on the internet and is subject to changes. Please consult an expert before making related decisions.

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