“Offer document” means Prospectus in case of a public issue or offer for sale and Letter of Offer in case of a rights issue which is filed Registrar of Companies (ROC) and Stock Exchanges. An offer document covers all the relevant information to help an investor to make his/her investment decision.
“Draft Offer document” means the offer document in draft stage. The draft offer documents are filed with SEBI, atleast 21 days prior to the filing of the Offer Document with ROC/ SEs. SEBI may specifies changes, if any, in the draft Offer Document and the issuer or the Lead Merchant banker shall carry out such changes in the draft offer document before filing the Offer Document with ROC/ SEs. The Draft Offer document is available on the SEBI website for public comments for a period of 21 days from the filing of the Draft Offer Document with SEBI.
“Red Herring Prospectus” is a prospectus which does not have details of either price or number of shares being offered or the amount of issue. This means that in case price is not disclosed, the number of shares and the upper and lower price bands are disclosed. On the other hand, an issuer can state the issue size and the number of shares are determined later. An RHP for and FPO can be filed with the RoC without the price band and the issuer, in such a case will notify the floor price or a price band by way of an advertisement one day prior to the opening of the issue. In the case of bookbuilt
issues, it is a process of price discovery and the price cannot be determined until the bidding process is completed. Hence, such details are not shown in the Red Herring prospectus filed with ROC in terms of the provisions of the Companies Act. Only on completion of the bidding process, the details of the final price are included in the offer document. The offer document filed thereafter with ROC is called a prospectus.
“Abridged Prospectus” means the memorandum as prescribed in Form 2A under subsection
(3) of section 56 of the Companies Act, 1956. It contains all the salient features of a prospectus. It accompanies the application form of public issues.
“Letter of offer” means the offer document prepared by company for its rights issue and which is filed with the Stock Exchanges. The letter of offer contains all the disclosures as required in term of SEBI(DIP) guidelines and enable shareholder in making an informed decision.
“Abridged letter of offer” means the abridged version of the letter of offer. Listed company is required to send the abridged letter of offer to each and every shareholder who is eligible for participating in the rights issue along with the application form. A company is also required to send detailed letter of offer upon request by any Shareholder.
“Placement Document” means document prepared by Merchant Banker for the purpose of Qualified Institutions placement and contains all the relevant and material disclosures to enable QIBs to make an informed decision.