The Companies Act, 1956
81. Further issue of capital.
(1) 1[Where at any time after the expiry of two years from the formation of a company or at any time after the expiry of one year from the allotment of shares in that company made for the first time after its formation, whichever is earlier, it is proposed to increase the subscribed capital of the company by allotment of further shares, then,]
(a)such 2[further] shares shall be offered to the persons who, at the date of the offer, are holders of the equity shares of the company, in proportion, as nearly as circumstances admit, to the capital paid up on those shares at that date;
(b)the offer aforesaid shall be made by notice specifying the number of shares offered and limiting a time not being less than fifteen days from the date of the offer within which the offer, if not accepted, will be deemed to have been declined;
(c)unless the articles of the company otherwise provide, the offer aforesaid shall be deemed to include a right exercisable by the person concerned to renounce the shares offered to him or any of them in favour of any other person; and the notice referred to in clause (b) shall contain a statement of this right;
(d)after the expiry of the time specified in the notice aforesaid, or on receipt of earlier intimation from the person to whom such notice is given that he declines to accept the shares offered, the Board of directors may dispose of them in such manner as they think most beneficial to the company.
Explanation.In this sub-section “equity share capital” and “equity shares” have the same meaning as in section 85.
3[(1A) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the further shares aforesaid may be offered to any persons [whether or not those persons include the person referred to in clause (c) of sub-section (1)] in any manner whatsoever
(a)if a special resolution to that effect is passed by the company in general meeting, or
(b)where no such special resolution is passed, if the votes cast (whether on a show of hands, or on a poll, as the case may be) in favour of the proposal contained in the resolution moved in that general meeting (including the casting vote, if any of the Chairman) by members who, being entitled so to do, vote in person, or where proxies are allowed, by proxy, exceed the votes, if any, cast against the proposal by members so entitled and voting and the Central Government is satisfied, on an application made by the Board of directors in this behalf, that the proposal is most beneficial to the company.]
(2) Nothing in clause (c) of sub-section (1) shall be deemed
(a)to extend the time within which the offer should be accepted; or
(b)to authorise any person to exercise the right of renunciation for a second time on the ground that the person in whose favour the renunciation was first made has declined to take the shares comprised in the renunciation.
4[(3) Nothing in this section shall apply
(a)to a private company; or
(b)to the increase of the subscribed capital of a public company caused by the exercise of an option attached to debentures issued or loans raised by the company
(i)to convert such debentures or loans into shares in the company, or
(ii)to subscribe for shares in the company:
5[Provided that the terms of issue of such debentures or the terms of such loans include a term providing for such option and such term
(a)either has been approved by the Central Government before the issue of debentures or the raising of the loans, or is in conformity with the rules, if any made by that Government in this behalf; and
(b)In the case of debentures or loans other than debentures issued to, or loans obtained from, the Government or any institution specified by the Central Government in this behalf, has also been approved by a special resolution passed by the company in general meeting before the issue of the debentures or the raising of the loans.]]
6[(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in the foregoing provisions of this section, where any debentures have been issued to, or loans have been obtained from the Government by a company, whether such debentures have been issued or loans have been obtained before or after the commencement of the Companies (Amendment) Act, 1963, the Central Government may, if in its opinion it is necessary in the public interest so to do, by order, direct that such debentures or loans or any part thereof shall be converted into shares in the company on such terms and conditions as appear to that Government to be reasonable in the circumstances of the case, even if the terms of issue of such debentures or the terms of such loans do not include a term providing for an option for such conversion.
(5) In determining the terms and conditions of such conversion, the Central Government shall have due regard to the following circumstances, that is to say, the financial position of the company, the terms of issue of the debentures or the terms of the loans, as the case may be, the rate of interest payable on the debentures or the loans, the capital of the company, its loan liabilities, its reserves, its profits during the preceding five years and the current market price of the shares in the company.
(6) A copy of every order proposed to be issued by the Central Government under sub-section (4) shall be laid in draft before each House of Parliament while it is in session for a total period of thirty days which may be comprised in one session or in two or more successive sessions.
(7) If the terms and conditions of such conversion are not acceptable to the company, the company may, within thirty days from the date of communication to it of such order or within such further time as may be granted by the Court prefer an appeal to the Court in regard to such terms and conditions and the decision of the Court on such appeal and, subject only to such decision, the order of the Central Government under sub-section (4) shall be final and conclusive.]
1. Subs. by Act 65 of 1960, sec. 24, for certain words (w.e.f. 28-12-1960).
2. Subs. by Act 65 of 1960, sec. 24, for “new” (w.e.f. 28-12-1960).
3. Ins. by Act 65 of 1960, sec. 24 (w.e.f. 28-12-1960).
4. Subs. by Act 65 of 1960, sec. 24, for sub-section (3) (w.e.f. 28-12-1960).
5. Subs. by Act 53 of 1963, sec. 5, for the proviso (w.e.f. 1-1-1964).
6. Ins. by Act 53 of 1963, sec. 5 (w.e.f. 1-1-1964)..