NSE looking at diluting stake in NCDEX by tomorrow

Wednesday, March 30, 2011   |    1 Comments
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New Delhi: The National Stock Exchange (NSE) today said it is looking at meeting tomorrow's deadline for diluting stake in agri-commodity bourse NCDEX to 5 percent in compliance with commodity markets regulator FMC's new norms. The NSE needs to dilute its stake to 5% from its present 11.1 percent by March 31. FMC today said it will not give further extension to meet the norm and pointed out that the stock exchange will lose its voting right on the extra stake as per the Company Law. Under the new guidelines for commodity exchanges, which have completed the five-year term, a stock exchange cannot hold more than 5 percent stake in a commodity bourse. "We will get to know about the NSE status tomorrow. I cannot give more time to NSE. It is not in my hands. I have the discretion of giving extension of three months and that I have already given," FMC Chairman BC Khatua said when asked whether FMC would give more time to NSE to bring down its stake. When contacted, an NSE official told PTI: "We are trying to comply. We are in talks to try and comply within the deadline." NSE said that it has not yet approached FMC for extension and hoped that dilution of stake could take place by tomorrow. Khatua said that the NCDEX has complied with all other norms except the reduction of the stake by NSE. Recently, NCDEX roped in Jaypee Capital Services and Shree Renuka Sugars to enhance its net worth to Rs. 50 crore as required under the new norm. Jaypee Capital holds 22.38 percent stake in NCDEX, while Shree Renuka Sugars has 12.50 percent stake in the country's second-largest commodity bourse. LIC, IFFCO and NABARD are among other major shareholders in the exchange. When asked whether NMCE and MCX have complied with the new norms, Khatua said, "We have given six months time to both exchanges to raise their net worth."
Source: PTI
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