19 Jan 2019 15:07 IST

SEBI nixes L&T proposal for ₹9,000 cr share buyback

L&T had proposed to buy back up to 6.1 crore shares from shareholders at a price of ₹1,475 per equity share

Engineering major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has said market regulator SEBI has denied permission for its ₹9,000 crore share buyback offer. L&T had proposed to buy back up to 6.1 crore shares from shareholders at a price of Rs 1,475 per equity share.

In a regulatory filing to stock exchanges, L&T said the Securities and Exchange Board of India has asked it not to proceed with the buyback.

“Since the ratio of the aggregate of secured and unsecured debts owed by the company after buy-back (assuming full acceptance) would be more than twice the paid-up capital and free reserves of the company based on consolidated financial statements”, the buyback offer is not in compliance with the Companies Act and SEBI norms, the regulator said in a letter to the company.

The offer was open to those holding equity shares as on October 15. A buyback reduces the number of shares available in the open market.

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