valid as on 02/12/2020

3.1.14-Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Rules,2014

(1) For the purposes of sub-section (2) and sub-section (3) of section 42, a company shall not make an offer or invitation to subscribe to securities through private placement unless the proposal has been previously approved by the shareholders of the company, by a special resolution for each of the offers or invitations:

Provided that in the explanatory statement annexed to the notice for shareholders’ approval, the following disclosure shall be made:-

(a) particulars of the offer including date of passing of Board resolution;

(b) kinds of securities offered and the price at which security is being offered:

(c) basis or justification for the price (including premium, if any) at which the offer or invitation is being made;

(d) name and address of valuer who performed valuation;

(e) amount which the company intends to raise by way of such securities;

(f) material terms of raising such securities, proposed time schedule, purposes or objects of offer, contribution being made by the promoters or directors either as part of the offer or separately in furtherance of objects; principle terms of assets charged as securities:

Provided further that this sub-rule shall not apply in case of offer or invitation for non-convertible debentures, where the proposed amount to be raised through such offer or invitation does not exceed the limit as specified in clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 180 and in such cases relevant Board resolution under clause (c) of subsection (3) of section 179 would be adequate:

Provided also that in case of offer or invitation for non-convertible debentures, where the proposed amount to be raised through such offer or invitation exceeds the limit as specified in clause (c) of sub-section (1) of section 180, it shall be sufficient if the company passes a previous special resolution only once in a year for all the offers or invitations for such debentures during the year.

in case of offer or invitation of any securities to qualified institutional buyers, it shall be sufficient if the company passes a previous special resolution only once in a year for all the allotments to such buyers during the year.

(2) For the purpose of sub-section (2) of section 42, an offer or invitation to subscribe securities under private placement shall not be made to persons more than two hundred in the aggregate in a financial year:

Provided that any offer or invitation made to qualified institutional buyers, or to employees of the company under a scheme of employees stock option as per provisions of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 62 shall not be considered while calculating the limit of two hundred persons.

Explanation.- For the purposes of this sub-rule it is hereby clarified that the restrictions aforesaid would be reckoned individually for each kind of security that is equity share, preference share or debenture.

(3) A private placement offer cum application letter shall be in the form of an application in serially numbered and addressed specifically to the person to whom the offer is made and shall be sent to him, either in writing or in electronic mode, within thirty days of recording the name of such person pursuant to sub-section (3) of section 42:

Provided that no person other than the person so addressed in the private placement offer cum application letter shall be allowed to apply through such application form and any application not conforming to this condition shall be treated as invalid

(4) The company shall maintain a complete record of private placement offers in Form PAS-5.

(5) The payment to be made for subscription to securities shall be made from the bank account of the person subscribing to such securities and the company shall keep the record of the bank account from where such payment for subscription has been received:

Provided that monies payable on subscription to securities to be held by joint holders shall be paid from the bank account of the person whose name appears first in the application:

Provided further that the provisions of this sub-rule shall not apply in case of issue of shares for consideration other than cash.

(6) A return of allotment of securities under section 42 shall be filed with the Registrar within fifteen days of allotment in Form PAS-3 and with the fee as provided in the Companies (Registration offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 along with a complete list of all the allottees containing-

(i) the full name, address, permanent Account Number and E-mail ID of such security holder;
(ii) the class of security held;
(iii) the date of allotment of security ;
(iv) the number of securities held, nominal value and amount paid on such securities; and particulars of consideration received if tire securities were issued for consideration other than cash.

(7) The provisions of sub-rule (2) shall not be applicable to _
(a) non-banking financial companies which are registered with the Reserve Bank of India under the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934 (2 of 1934); and
(b) housing Finance companies which are registered with the National Housing Bank under the National Housing Bank Act, 1987 (53 of 1987),

if they are complying with regulations made by the Reserve Bank of India or the National Housing Bank in respect of offer or invitation to be issued on private placement basis:

Provided that such companies shall comply with sub-rule (2) in case the Reserve Bank of India or the National Housing Bank have not specified similar regulations.

(8) A company shall issue private placement offer cum application letter only after the relevant special resolution or Board resolution has been filed in the Registry:

Provided that private companies shall file with the Registry copy of the Board resolution or special resolution with respect to approval under clause (c) of sub-section (3) of section 179.

(1)(a) For the purposes of sub-section (1) of section 42, a company may make an offer or invitation to subscribe to securities through issue of a private placement offer letter in 

(b) A private placement offer letter shall be accompanied by an application form serially numbered and addressed specifically to the person to whom the offer is made and shall be sent to him, either in writing or in electronic mode, within thirty days of recording the names of such persons in accordance with sub-section (7) of section 42:

Provided that no person other than the person so addressed in the application form shall be allowed to apply through such application form and any application not conforming to this condition shall be treated as invalid.

(2) A company shall not make a private placement of its securities unless –

(a) the proposed offer of securities or invitation to subscribe securities has been previously approved by the shareholders of the company, by a Special Resolution, for each of the Offers or Invitations:

Provided that in the explanatory statement annexed to the notice for the general meeting the basis or justification for the price (including premium, if any) at which the offer or invitation is being made shall be disclosed:

Provided further that in case of offer or invitation for non-convertible debentures, it shall be sufficient if the company passes a previous special resolution only once in a year for all the offers or invitation for such debentures during the year.

(b) such offer or invitation shall be made to not more than two hundred persons in the aggregate in a financial year:

Provided that any offer or invitation made to qualified institutional buyers, or to employees of the company under a scheme of employees stock option as per provisions of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 62 shall not be considered while calculating the limit of two hundred persons;

Explanation.– For the purposes of this sub-rule, it is hereby clarified that –

(i) the restrictions under sub-clause (b) would be reckoned individually for each kind of security that is equity share, preference share or debenture;

(ii) the requirement of provisions of sub-section (3) of section 42 shall apply in respect of offer or invitation of each kind of security and no offer or invitation of another kind of security shall be made unless allotments with respect to offer or invitation made earlier in respect of any other kind of security is completed;

(c) the value of such offer or invitation per person shall be with an investment size of not less than twenty thousand rupees of face value of the securities;

(d) the payment to be made for subscription to securities shall be made from the bank account of the person subscribing to such securities and the company shall keep the record of the Bank account from where such payments for subscriptions have been received:

Provided that monies payable on subscription to securities to be held by joint holders shall be paid from the bank account of the person whose name appears first in the application.

(3) The company shall maintain a complete record of private placement offers in

Provided that a copy of such record along with the private placement offer letter in  shall be filed with the Registrar with fee as provided in Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 and where the company is listed, with the Securities and Exchange Board within a period of thirty days of circulation of the private placement offer letter.
Explanation.- For the purpose of this rule, it is hereby clarified that the date of private placement offer letter shall be deemed to be the date of circulation of private placement offer letter.

(4) A return of allotment of securities under section 42 shall be filed with the Registrar within thirty days of allotment in  and with the fee as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 along with a complete list of all security holders containing-

(i) the full name, address, Permanent Account Number and E-mail ID of such security holder;

(ii) the class of security held;

(iii) the date of allotment of security ;

(iv) the number of securities held, nominal value and amount paid on such securities; and particulars of consideration received if the securities were issued for consideration other than cash.

(5) The provisions of clauses (b) and (c) of sub-rule (2) shall not be applicable to –

(a) non-banking financial companies which are registered with the Reserve Bank of India under Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934; and

(b) housing finance companies which are registered with the National Housing Bank under National Housing Bank Act, 1987, if they are complying with regulations made by Reserve Bank of India or National Housing Bank in respect of offer or invitation to be issued on private placement basis:

Provided that such companies shall comply with sub-clauses (b) and (c) of sub-rule (2) in case the Reserve Bank of India or the National Housing Bank have not specified similar regulations.

Substituted vide the Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Second Amendment Rules, 2018 dated 7.08.2018. To view the Notification, Click Here
Inserted vide the Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Amendment Rules, 2020 dated 16.10.2020. To view the Notification, Click Here.
Substituted vide the Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Second Amendment Rules, 2018 dated 7.08.2018. To view the Form, Click Here
To view the return,Click Here
Inserted by notification no. G.S.R. 424 (E). dated 30th June 2014. To view the notification,Click Here
To view the return,Click Here
To view the return,Click Here
To view the return,Click Here

Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Amendment Rules, 2014 [GSR 424(E)] dated 30/06/2014


Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Amendment Rules, 2020 dated 16.10.2020


The companies (prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Second Amendment Rules, 2018 dated 07.08.2018


FORM NO PAS-4 PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFER LETTER- Have been Substituted w.e.f., 07/08/2018


Form PAS-5 – Record of a Private Placement Offer to be kept by the Company w.e.f., 7.08.2018

Form PAS-5

(Section 42(7) and Rule 14(3) of Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Rules, 2014)

Record of a Private Placement Offer to be kept by the Company

Name of the Company: ______________________

Registered Office of the Company: ___________________

CIN: ______________

DETAILS OF PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFER:

Date when approval of the relevant authority (board or the shareholders, as the case may be) obtained for the current Private Placement Offer Letter:

Amount of the offer:

Date of circulation of private placement offer letter:

Following details (in a tabulate statement) of the persons to whom private placement offer letter has been circulated: –

  1. Name
  2. Father’s name
  3. Complete Address including Flat/House Number, Street, Locality, Pin Code
  4. Phone number, if any
  5. email ID, if any
  6. Initial of the Officer of the company designated to keep the Record

Substituted vide the Companies (Prospectus and Allotment of Securities) Second Amendment Rules, 2018 dated 7.08.2018. To view the Notification, Click Here

FORM PAS. 3 Return of Allotment


PAS-4: PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFER CUM APPLICATION LETTER w.e.f., 7/08/2018


CAIRR PLUS on Google Playsecretarial automation?Subscribe for Updates