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Red Herring Prospectus- Section

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What is a prospectus? 

prospectus is a legal document by which a public company raises money from investors.

Red Herring Prospectus

One of the types of prospectus is Red Herring Prospectus. As per Section 32 of Companies Act, 2013, a company proposing to make an offer of securities may issue a red herring prospectus prior to the issue of a prospectus. It is basically a prospectus which is used in the public issue to attract different investors.

Red herring Prospectus means a prospectus which does not include complete particulars of the quantum or price of the securities included therein. In simple terms a red herring prospectus contains most of the information pertaining to the company’s operations and prospects, but does not include key details of the issue such as its price and the number of shares offered.

Such company proposing to issue a red herring prospectus shall file it with the Registrar at least three days prior to the opening of the subscription list and the offer.

A red herring prospectus shall carry the same obligations as are applicable to a prospectus and any variation between the red herring prospectus and a prospectus shall be highlighted as variations in the prospectus.

Upon the closing of the offer of securities under this section, the prospectus stating therein the total capital raised, whether by way of debt or share capital, and the closing price of the securities and any other details as are not included in the red herring prospectus shall be filed with the Registrar and the Securities and Exchange Board.

Here price means the actual price to be issued per share in the IPO and quantum means the quantity or the total number of shares to be offered in the IPO.

When is Red Herring Prospectus issued?

Red herring prospectus is issued during book building process. Red herring prospectus contains either the floor price of securities offered or a price band along with the range within which the Bids can move. The applicants bid for the shares quoting the price and the quantity that they would like to bid at. SEBI (ICDR) Regulations prescribe certain disclosures to be made in the red-herring prospectus.

Also the compliances under SEBI (Issue of Capital and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations 2009 relating to red-herring prospectus shall also be followed. 

 

Bare Act:

  1. Red herring prospectus.— (1) A company proposing to make an offer of securities may issue a red herring prospectus prior to the issue of a prospectus.

(2) A company proposing to issue a red herring prospectus under sub-section (1) shall file it with the Registrar at least three days prior to the opening of the subscription list and the offer.

(3) A red herring prospectus shall carry the same obligations as are applicable to a prospectus and any variation between the red herring prospectus and a prospectus shall be highlighted as variations in the prospectus.

(4) Upon the closing of the offer of securities under this section, the prospectus stating therein the total capital raised, whether by way of debt or share capital, and the closing price of the securities and any other details as are not included in the red herring prospectus shall be filed with the Registrar and the Securities and Exchange Board.

Explanation.—For the purposes of this section, the expression "red herring prospectus" means a prospectus which does not include complete particulars of the quantum or price of the securities included therein.



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