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Declaration of dividend by Primary Dealers - Revised Guidelines

Reserve Bank of India guidelines on dividend payable by the PDs, announced on 3rd June 2004 are as under:

The PD should have complied with the regulations on transfer of profits to statutory reserves and the regulatory guidelines relating to provisioning and valuation of securities, etc.

PDs having Capital to Risk Weighted Assets Ratio (CRAR) below the regulatory minimum of 15 per cent in any of the previous four quarters cannot declare any dividend.

For PDs having CRAR between the regulatory minimum of 15 per cent during all the four quarters of the previous year, but lower than 20 per cent in any of the four quarters, the dividend payout ratio should not exceed 33.3 per cent.

For PDs having CRAR above 20 per cent during all the four quarters of the previous year, the dividend payout ratio should not exceed 50 per cent.

The proposed dividend should be payable out of the current year’s profits.

Dividend payout ratio should be calculated as a percentage of dividend payable in a year (excluding dividend tax) to net profit during the year.

In case the profit for the relevant period includes any extraordinary profit income, the payout ratio should be computed after excluding such extraordinary items for reckoning compliance with the prudential payout ratio ceiling of 33.3 per cent or 50 per cent, as the case may be.

The financial statements pertaining to the financial year for which the PD is declaring dividend should be free of any qualifications by the statutory auditors, which have an adverse bearing on the profit during that year. In case of any qualification to that effect, the net profit should be suitably adjusted downward while computing the dividend payout ratio.

3. In case there are special reasons or difficulties for any PD in strictly adhering to the guidelines, Reserve Bank may be approached in advance for an appropriate ad hoc dispensation in this regard.

4. All the PDs declaring dividend should report details of dividend declared during the accounting year as per the proforma furnished in the Annex. The report should be furnished within a fortnight of payment of dividend.

5. The revised guidelines prescribed above will be applicable to the dividend declared for the year 2003- 04 onwards.

Any violation of the above guidelines would be viewed seriously and such violation would attract penal action including the withdrawal of authorisation for carrying on the business as a Primary Dealer.


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