Firms can convert overseas borrowings into equity

 The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday said companies can convert their overseas borrowings through the ECB route into equity shares at the foreign exchange rate applicable on the date of swap agreement.

"Reserve Bank will have no objection if the borrower company wishes to issue equity shares for a rupee amount less than that arrived at as mentioned above by a mutual agreement with the ECB lender.

"It may be noted that the fair value of the equity shares to be issued shall be worked out with reference to the date of conversion only," the RBI said in a notification.

 The RBI also said that where the liability sought to be converted by the company is denominated in foreign currency as in case of ECB and import of capital goods, it will be in order to apply the exchange rate prevailing on the date of the agreement between the parties concerned for such conversion.


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