Terms of the Bonds
12.1%* p.a. for 3 years or withdraw anytime after 1 year**
11.00%* p.a. for one year
Face Value : Rs. 5,000/-
Redemption period : 3 years
Interest payment :
|Applicable rate of interest p.a. for respective years (%)*||11.00||12.00||13.50|
|Annualised YTM for respective years (%)*||11.0||11.5||
* Subject to TDS as per then prevailing tax laws.
** Early encashment facility to original individual allottees, at any of the Specified Branches of ICICI Bank Banking Corporation Limited, any time after one year from the Deemed Date of Allotment till one month prior to Redemption Date.Terms and Conditions
Tax Saving Bond
Save Capital Gains Tax u/s 54EA and Earn 12.25%* p.a. (Option II)
Save Capital Gains Tax u/s 54EA with Monthly Income of 11.50%* p.a. (Option I)
Choose any of the following options :
* Subject to TDS as per the then prevailing tax laws.
** Percentage of Capital Gains in amount invested (assuming the amount invested is equal to sales consideration).
ICICI Bank would ensure full and firm allotment to all valid applicants for the Tax Saving Bond.
Terms and Conditions
12.50%* p.a. for 3 years (Option III)
Monthly Income Plan (MIP) : 11.75%* p.a. for 3 years (Option I)
Choose any of the following options:
* Subject to TDS as per the then prevailing tax laws.
Money Multiplier Bond
Rs. 5,000/- becomes Rs. 50,000/-* in 18 years 5 months
Choose any of the following options :
* Subject to TDS as per the then prevailing tax laws.
** At 33% tax bracket
Terms and Conditions
III. Terms of the Present Issue
ICICI Bank is offering for Public subscription Unsecured Redeemable Bonds in the nature of Debentures aggregating Rs.300 crore with a right to retain oversubscription up to Rs.300 crore. The Bonds being offered are subject to the provisions of the Act, the Memorandum and Articles, the terms of this Prospectus, Application Form and other terms and conditions as may be incorporated in the Trustee Agreement, Letter of Allotment and/or Bond Certificates. Over and above such terms and conditions, the Bonds shall also be subject to laws as applicable, guidelines, notifications and regulations relating to the issue of capital and listing of securities issued from time to time by SEBI/the Government of India/RBI and/or other authorities and other documents that may be executed in respect of the Bonds.
Nature of Bonds
ICICI Bank is offering for subscription for cash the following types of Bonds in the nature of Debentures.
Out of the above Bonds, Money Multiplier Bond Options II and III will constitute direct, Subordinated and unsecured obligations of
1. Encash Bond
This Bond is designed to give instant liquidity option, across the counter, to the Investors in case of need.
Annualised Yield to Maturity (YTM) at the end of each year on Early Redemption / Redemption :
* Subject to deduction of tax at source as per the then prevailing tax laws
Payment of Interest
Interest will be paid on January 31 each year at the rates applicable to each of
the periods mentioned in the above table. The first interest payment will be made on January 31, 2000 for the period commencing from the Deemed Date of Allotment and the last interest payment will be made at the time of Redemption of the Bond on a pro rata basis. Also refer to para on Electronic Clearing Service on Page 12 of the Prospectus.
Early Redemption at the option of the Bondholders (Encash Facility)
An original individual allottee has the option of Early Redemption of the Bonds(“Early Redemption”) any time after the expiry of 12 months from the Deemed Date of Allotment till one month prior to the Redemption Date (“Relevant Period”). The Early Redemption Option would be available, at any of following offices of ICICI Bank Banking Corporation Ltd. (“Specified Branch”) :- Ahmedabad (JMC House, Opp. Parimal Gardens, Off C. G. Road), Aurangabad (Tapadia Circle, Opp. Nirala Bazar, Samarthnagar), Bangalore (Raheja Towers, M.G. Road; 1st A Main, VII Block, Koramangala; 80/7, Elephant Rock Road, Block III, Jayanagar), Bhopal (E5/18, Arera Colony), Calcutta (Rasoi Court, Sir R N Mukherji Road; Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Ballygunge; BJ-140, Sector II, Salt Lake City), Chandigarh (Madhya Marg, Sector 9-D), Chennai (1, Cenotaph Road; 110, Prakash Presidium, Nungambakkam High Road; Armenian Street; Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, IV Main Road, Gandhinagar, Adyar; Annapurna No. 3, 17th Street, Nanganallur), Cochin (Fotofast House, M.G. Road), Coimbatore (1619,Trichy Road), Dahanu (H. K. Mubaraki Road), Goa (M L Furtado Road, Margao; Sindur Business Centre, S.V. Road, Panaji; Garden Centre, Phase II Mapusa), Gobichettipalayam (97 (new 212) Kutchery Street), Gurgaon (HUDA Shopping Centre Market Complex, Sector 14; Hero Honda Motors Ltd., 37 Km Stone, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Sector 33; The Hotel Bristol, Sikander Puri), Hyderabad (Opp. Institute of Engineers, Khairatabad; CARE Hospital, Exhibition Road, Nampalli; Hi-tech City, Madhapur), Indore (Laxmi Towers, Mahatma Gandhi Road), Jaipur (Shreeji Towers, C-99 Subhash Marg, C Scheme), Jamnagar (Sector 11, RPL Township, Moti Kavdi, Digvijay Gram), Ludhiana (SCO, 146, 147, Feroz Gandhi Market), Mangalore (Bharat Building, PM Rao Road), Mohali (SCF 21-22, Phase VII, SAS Nagar), Mumbai (Free Press House, Nariman Point; Dr. B. Ambedkar Road, Bhayander (W); Abhilasha-1, Punjabi Lane, Borivali (W); 163, Backbay Reclamation; Kailash Plaza, Vallabh Baug Lane, Ghatkopar (E); Sagar Avenue, S.V. Road, Andheri (W); Galleria Shopping Mall, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai; Surya Shopping Centre, “Shristi” Sector V, Pendarpada, Mira Road; Poonawadi, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Dadar (E); Vimal Shopping Centre, Main Road, Vasai Road (W); Maratha Mandir Annex, Opp. Mumbai Central; MICASA, St. Theresa Road, Off. Turner Road, Bandra (W), Nasik (Saharanpur Road), New Delhi (Phelps Bldg., A Block, Connaught Place; N Block Market, Greater Kailash I; Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Opp. Sector C, Vasant Kunj; Sincere Tower IV, Community Centre, Preet Vihar; Community Centre, New Friends Colony; Spastic Society, Balbir Saxena Marg, Hauz Khas), Noida (G31,32 Sector 18), Panchkula (Showroom No. 6, Sector 11), Periyanayakanpalayam (Pricol, Mettupalayam Road), Pune (Shangrilla Gardens, Bund Garden Road; Ghole Road, Shivajinagar), Secunderabad (62, S.D. Road), Thane (Palm Court, Ram Maruti Road, Navpada; Shriprasad Complex, Mahim Road, Palghar; Jagdish Enclave, Boisar-Tarapur Road, Boisar), Udaipur (Madhubani, 2C, Madhuban), Vadodara (Race Course Circle, Alkapuri) ICICI Bank may specify more branches of ICICI Bank Banking Corporation Ltd., for this purpose. A Bondholder who is eligible for Early Redemption may at any time during the Relevant Period approach any of the above mentioned branches of ICICI Bank Banking Corporation Ltd. for Early Redemption of the Bond at its Face Value of Rs.5,000/-. Each Bondholder can redeem up to 50 Bonds per day. The Bondholders will not be permitted to encash the Bond at the Specified Branches in the following cases :
Procedure for Early Redemption of the Bond
In case the Bondholder(s) desire to exercise the option of Early Redemption, the sole/first holder should submit within the Relevant
Payment on Early Redemption
An investor who exercises the option of Early Redemption during Relevant Period, will receive the Face Value of the Bond by way of cheque/pay order etc., on presentation of duly discharged Bond Certificate to the Specified Branch. An investor who sends his duly discharged Bond Certificate along with the request for Early Redemption by post to ICICI Infotech or such person at such address as may be notified by ICICI Bank from time to time for this purpose, will be sent the Face Value of the Bond by way of cheque/pay order within 15 days of the receipt of such request by ICICI Bank Infotech or by such person at such address as may be notified by ICICI Bank from time to time for this purpose. In case the Bondholder exercises the option of Early Redemption of the Bond during the Relevant Period, the interest for the broken period i.e. from the time of payment of interest for the previous year till the date of receipt of Bond certificate by Specified branch/ICICI Infotech or such person at such address as may be notified by ICICI Bank from time to time, will be paid to the Bondholder by ICICI Bank. A Bondholder may submit Form 15F at the time of Early Redemption with the specified branch for avoiding deduction of tax at source or for deduction of tax at lower rate. ICICI Bank would endeavour to despatch the interest warrant within a period of 15 days from the date of the Early Redemption. If an Investor wishes for Early Redemption after the Record Date/Book Closure for payment of interest but before the due date of interest payment, ICICI Bank would assume that the interest warrant has already been despatched to the Investor and no payment on account of accrued interest would be made. In such cases ICICI Bank would deduct from the Face Value a sum equal to interest for the period from the date of Early Redemption to the due date of payment of Interest. Upon despatching the amount(s) as specified above in respect of the Bonds to the Bondholders, ICICI Bank shall have no further liability (either towards interest or otherwise) towards those Bondholder(s) in respect of the Bond(s) and all rights vested in the Bondholder(s) would stand extinguished.
Investors can avail tax benefit under Section 54EA of the Income-tax Act, 1961, by investing in Bonds issued by a public financial
* Percentage of Capital Gains in amount invested (assuming the amount invested is equal to sales consideration).
** Subject to TDS as per the then prevailing tax laws.
Payment of Interest
Option I (Monthly Interest) Interest will be paid on the last day of each month.
For the convenience of investors, ICICI Bank may, at its option, send every year in the month of April, a set of 12 post dated cheques dated last day of the relevant month towards the payment of interest for each month in arrears, subject to the finalization of taxation rates for the year by the Finance Act/Bill. In case TDS rates for the year undergo a change after sending the post-dated cheques, the Company reserves the right to recover the differential TDS amount, if any, from the investors. The payment of interest for the first month from Deemed Date of Allotment and the last month before redemption shall be made on pro-rata basis. The first interest payment will be made on the last date of the month succeeding the month in which Deemed Date of Allotment falls for the period commencing from Deemed Date of Allotment and the last interest payment will be made at the time of redemption of the Bond. The first set of post-dated cheques towards the interest from the Deemed Date of Allotment till March 31, 2000 may be sent in the month of July, 1999. Also refer to para on Electronic Clearing Service on page 12 of the Prospectus.
Option II (Annual Interest)
Interest will be paid on January 31 each year. The first interest payment will be made on January 31, 2000 for the period commencing from the Deemed Date of Allotment and the last interest payment will be made at the time of Redemption of the Bond on a pro-rata basis. Also refer to para on Electronic Clearing Service on page 12 of the Prospectus.
Tax Saving Bond is an eligible security for the purpose of Section 54EA of the Income-tax Act, 1961. Under Section 54EA of the Income-tax Act, the capital gain, viz. the difference between the price on transfer and the indexed cost of acquisition of a long-term capital asset will not be subjected to tax, if the net consideration is invested in approved instruments in terms of and subject to compliance of certain conditions as mentioned therein. By subscribing to Tax Saving Bond, investor can avail benefit under Section 54EA. The investor is required to invest the net sales realisation in the approved securities which needs to be held for three years. If any investor claiming benefit under Section 54EA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 pledges these Bonds as eligible security for any loan taken by him at any time during three years from the Deemed Date of Allotment , he/she would stand to lose the relevent tax rebate/benefits and would be required to pay tax as per the provisions of the said sections. The CBDT has clarified that for the purposes of Section 54EA, investors would be allowed to obtain benefit under this section if the application is made within the stipulated time limit of 6 months to the extent of allotment made.
3. Regular Income Bond
This Bond has been designed keeping in view the need for a regular income to meet expenses that are incurred on a regular basis - for example, household expenses. The product also helps provide a regular source of income to individuals who have either a variable income (Self Employed Professional etc.) or who are not employed any longer (Retired). Depending upon their requirements investors can choose Monthly/Half-yearly/Annual option for payment of interest.
The investors can choose any of the following four options in respect of payment of interest.
* Subject to TDS as per the then prevailing tax laws
Payment of Interest
Option I (Monthly Interest)
Option II (Half - yearly Interest)
Option III and IV (Annual Interest)
Interest will be paid on January 31 each year. The first interest payment will be made on January 31, 2000 for the period commencing from the Deemed Date of Allotment and the last interest payment will be made at the time of Redemption of the Bond on a pro-rata basis. Also refer to para on Electronic Clearing Service page 12 of the Prospectus.
4. Money Multiplier Bond (In The Nature Of Deep Discount Bond)
Events such as a child’s wedding, education, purchase of a house, etc, require a lump sum at a particular point in time. This product has been designed to meet these and similar such requirements. Each Money Multiplier Bond in the nature of Deep Discount Bond will have different Face Values under each Option and will be issued at a discounted price.
* Subject to deduction of tax at source as per the then prevailing tax laws.
See also “Common Features, Terms and Conditions of the Bonds”.
Common Features, Terms And Conditions Of The Bonds
Interest on Application Money @ 5.00 per cent p.a. on the amount allotted for the period commencing from the 3rd day after the date of deposit of Application Form with the Bankers to the Issue till a day prior to the Deemed Date of Allotment. Interest on application money will be paid to all the allottees, who have paid the application money by way of cheque/cash/demand draft, on the amount allotted at the rate of 5.00 per cent p.a. Such interest will be paid for the period commencing from the 3rd day after the date of lodgement of the Application Form at the bank branches listed in the Application Form till a day prior to the Deemed Date of Allotment. The date of receipt of the Application Form as given by the collecting bank branch will be considered as final. In case of applications by minors, the interest warrants for interest on application money will be issued in the name of the applicant along with the name of the guardian. However, there will be no mention of the bank account number. An investor should not deduct the interest on application money receivable by him from the amount payable on application. The interest warrants will be despatched along with the Letter of Allotment/Bond Certificates, at the sole risk of the applicant, to the sole/first applicant as mentioned in the Application Form. However, in case Interest . 25/-, then the same would be paid along with the first interest payment/ redemption, depending upon the instrument chosen, along with appropriate interest. Investors applying through stockinvest will not be entitled to any interest on application money. No interest on application money will be paid on the amount refunded, if any. In case the cheque payable at par facility is not available, ICICI Bank reserves the right to adopt any other suitable mode of payment.
Deemed Date of Allotment
The Deemed Date of Allotment for the issue has been fixed as 30 days from the date of closure of the Issue or date of utilisation of proceeds, whichever is earlier. All benefits relating to the Bonds will be available to the investors from the Deemed Date of Allotment. The actual allotment may occur on a date other than the Deemed Date of Allotment.
The market lot will be one Bond (“Market Lot”).
Terms of Payment
Applications should be for a minimum of one Bond and in multiples of one Bond thereafter except in case of Regular Income Bond where the application should be for a minimum of 3 Bonds for Option I and 2 Bonds for Option II and in multiples of one Bond thereafter and Tax Saving Bond Option I where the application should be for a minimum of 3 Bonds and multiples of 1 Bond thereafter.
Applicants should apply for any or all types of Bonds (any/all options) using the same Application Form. The maximum application amount under the Issue cannot exceed the size of the Public Issue i.e. Rs.300 crore. Payment of Interest on Encash Bond, Tax Saving Bond and Regular Income Bond
Payment of interest on Encash Bond, Tax Saving Bond and Regular Income Bond will be made to those Bondholders whose names appear in the register of Bondholders (or to first holder in case of joint-holders) as on Record Date/Book Closure Date to be fixed by the Company for this purpose from time to time.
Buyers of the Bonds are advised to send the Bond Certificate(s) to the Company/Registrar or to such persons as may be notified by the Company from time to time, along with a duly executed transfer deed or other suitable instrument of transfer as may be prescribed by the Company for registration of transfer of the Bond(s). Otherwise interest will be paid to the seller and not to the buyer. In such cases, claims in respect of interest, if any, shall be settled inter se amongst the parties and no claim or action shall lie against the Company or Registrars.
In case of Regular Income Bond Option I and Tax Saving Bond Option I, the buyers of the Bond shall have to send Bond Certificate(s) together with duly executed transfer deeds or other suitable instrument of transfer as may be prescribed by the Company and unencashed post-dated cheques (if any) to be transferred in his/her name. Otherwise interest will be paid to the seller and not the buyer. In such cases, claims in respect of interest, if any, shall be settled inter se amongst the parties and no claim or action shall lie against the Company or the Registrars.
In case of sale by or to companies, bodies corporate, societies registered under the applicable laws in India, Trusts, Provident Funds, Superannuation Funds, Gratuity Funds, Scientific and/or Industrial Research Organizations, Commercial Banks, Co-operative Banks, Regional Rural Banks or NRIs, certified true copy of the Power of Attorney or such other authority as may be acceptable to the Company must be lodged separately at the office of the Registrar/the Company at the time of registration of Bonds.
Interest payment will be made by cheques payable at par at such places as ICICI Bank may deem fit. In case the cheque payable at par facility is not available, ICICI Bank reserves the right to adopt any other suitable mode of payment.
The Company may offer the facility of Electronic Clearing Service (ECS) to help small investors. The terms of this facility (including towns where this facility would be available) would be as prescribed by RBI. Refer to the para on “Electronic Clearing Facility for Payment of Interest” appearing on page 12.
Payment of Interest subject to Deduction of Tax at Source
The interest paid on application money, interest on refund (in case of delay beyond 30 days from the date of closure of the subscription list), interest on Encash Bond, Tax Saving Bond and Regular Income Bond will be subject to deduction of tax at source at the rates prevailing from time to time under the provisions of the Income-tax Act, 1961 or any statutory modification or re-enactment thereof.
An investor who is entitled in accordance with the prevailing income tax laws to exemption from deduction of tax at source in respect of such interest income should quote the name of the sole/first holder, Bondholder number and the distinctive numbers of bonds held and submit: (a) a certificate from his Assessing Officer specifying that no tax should be deducted at source on the Bonds or (b) a declaration in the prescribed form verified in the prescribed manner to the effect that the tax on his estimated income during the previous year in which such income is included will be nil, at the office of the ICICI Infotech Services Limited, Maratha Mandir Annex, Dr. A. R. Nair Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai 400 008 or to such person at such address as may be notified from time to time. All investors (other than companies and firms) claiming non deduction of tax at source from interest on application money should submit Form 15H at the time of submitting the Application Form. Other investors need to submit Form 15AA or such suitable Certificate at the time of submitting the Application Form. All investor (other than companies and firms) entitled to avail of the exemption from deduction of tax at source, on interest on the Bonds, should submit Form 15F after receipt of confirmation of allotment. Other investors need to submit Form 15AA after receipt of confirmation of allotment. Form 15F/15AA, as the case may be should be submitted quoting the name of the sole/First holder, bondholder number and the distinctive numbers of bonds held to the office of ICICI Infotech Services Limited, Maratha Mandir Annex, Dr. A. R. Nair Road, Mumbai Central, Mumbai 400 008 or to such person at such address as may be notified from time to time. The Investors need to submit Form 15F/15AA each year. In case of Regular Income Bond Option I and Tax Saving Bond Option I, an investor who is entitled in accordance with the prevailing Income Tax Laws to exemption from deduction of tax at source in respect of such monthly income should submit Form 15F/15AA as the case may be simultaneously with the submission of Application Form with the Registrar to the Issue at the time of making the Application. Tax Treatment of Money Multiplier Bond As regards the difference between the Issue Price and Face Value of the Money Multiplier Bond in the nature of Deep Discount Bond the Central Board of Direct Taxes vide its clarifications dated March 12, 1996 and May 23, 1996 on similar issues of other companies, has expressed the view that this will be treated as interest income assessable under the Income-tax Act, 1961. On transfer of Bonds before maturity, the difference between the sale consideration and the Issue Price will be treated as capital gains/loss if the assessee has purchased them by way of investment. However, in the case of an assessee who deals in purchase and sale of Bonds, securities etc., the profit or loss shall be treated as trading profit or loss. The difference between the Issue Price and the Face Value will be treated as interest income assessable under the Income-tax Act, 1961, and, therefore, tax will have to be deducted at source at the time of redemption under the relevant provision of the Income-tax Act, 1961. See also “Tax Benefits” on page 17 of the Prospectus.
Electronic Clearing Service for Payment of Interest
Reserve Bank of India has introduced the concept of Electronic Clearing Service (ECS) through the clearing house to obviate the need for issuing and handling paper instruments and thereby facilitate improved customer service. This facility would be available in cities where RBI provides such facility. As per the guidelines issued by RBI in this regard, the investor is required to give his mandate for ECS with all the details as per the format given. This will help the Company to credit the interest amount to the investor’s account with the concerned bank at the earliest. The investors will also have the convenience of direct credit to their bank account without the need to receive interest warrants by post and deposit the same in their bank accounts. The bank branch will credit the investor’s account and indicate the credit entry with ECS in the passbook/statement of account. Subsequent to despatch of the Bond Certificate(s)/Letter of Allotment, the Company/Registrar may send to the investor a form to be duly filled up by those investors desiring to avail the facility of ECS. Investors who have not opted for ECS will be sent interest warrants by post. If the investor who has opted for ECS sells the Regular Income Bond Option I and Tax Saving Bond Option I on the Stock Exchanges, he would be required to deliver unencashed warrants to the buyer along with the Bond Certificate, for which he is required to apply to the Registrar and obtain post-dated warrants, before delivering the same to the buyer.
Printing of Bank Particulars on Interest Warrants
As a matter of precaution against possible fraudulent encashment of interest warrants due to loss or misplacement, investors are advised to give particulars of their bank account viz., (a) name of the bank and branch, (b) type of account (savings/current); and (c) account number in the appropriate column in the Application Form. These bank account particulars will be printed on the interest warrants which can then be deposited only in the account specified. Investors may note that this facility is optional. If the investor does not opt for the facility, the interest warrants will be issued with the name of the first/sole holder only.
Loan against Pledge of Bonds
ICICI Bank, at its discretion, may note a lien on pledge of Bonds if such pledge of Bond is accepted by any Bank/Institution for any loan provided to the Investor against pledge of such Bonds. Since the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has notified Capital Gains Bond as eligible security for investment for the purposes of Section 54EA of the Income-tax Act, 1961, any investor claiming such exemption from payment of capital gains tax, will, as per Section 54EA not be permitted to pledge these Bonds as eligible security for any loan taken by him/her during three years from the Deemed Date of Allotment.
Encash Bond, All Options of Tax Saving Bond, all Options of Regular Income Bond and Money Multiplier Bond Option I would constitute direct, unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of the Company and shall rank pari passu inter se and (subject to any obligations preferred by mandatory provisions of the law prevailing from time to time) shall also, as regards amount invested and any benefits payable thereon by the Company out of its own funds, rank pari passu with all other existing direct, unsecured and unsubordinated borrowings of the Company. Money Multiplier Bond Options II and III would constitute direct, unsecured and subordinated obligations of the Company and will be subordinated and postponed to the payments in respect of all prior obligations of the Company whether for principal, interest, return or otherwise, except that they will rank pari passu amongst themselves and with all other existing and future subordinated obligations of the Company.
ICICI Bank may consider making arrangements for market-making of select Bonds in order to provide liquidity to the small investors. Under this arrangement, two way quotes would be provided for the Bonds. ICICI Bank at its sole discretion reserves the right to review/modify/discontinue the same at anytime and in any manner that it may consider necessary. Investor may note that this facility may not be offered for those Bonds where post dated interest warrants are being sent i.e. Regular Income Bond Option I and Tax Saving Bond Option I.
ICICI Bank is presently providing market-making facility for select Bonds, which were issued during the Public Issues of April 1997, December 1997, March 1998, April 1998 and July 1998.
Form and Denomination
The Bond Certificate(s) will be issued in denominations of One Bond (“Market Lot”). The applicant can also request for issue of single certificate for the aggregate amount (“Consolidated Certificate”) for each type of Bond to be allotted to him. In case an applicant does not specify the denomination of the certificates required by him, Bond Certificate(s) will be issued in Market Lots for each type of Bond allotted to him. In respect of Consolidated Certificates, the Company, will, only upon receipt of a request from the Bondholder, split such Consolidated Certificates into smaller denominations subject to the minimum of Market Lot. No fees would be charged for splitting of Bond Certificates in Market Lots, but stamp duty payable, if any, would be borne by the Investor(s). The charge for splitting into lots other than Market Lot, will be borne by the Bondholder subject to the maximum amount agreed upon by the Company with the Stock Exchanges where the Bonds are proposed to be listed. The request for splitting should be accompanied by the original Bond Certificate which would be treated as cancelled by the Company.
Procedure for Redemption by Bondholders
The Bond Certificate(s), duly discharged by the soleholder/all the joint-holders (signed on the reverse of the Bond Certificate(s)) to be surrendered for redemption on maturity should be sent by the Bondholder(s) by Registered Post with acknowledgment due or by hand delivery to the office of the Company/Registrar or to such persons at such addresses as may be notified by the Company from time to time. Bondholder(s) are requested to surrender the Bond Certificate(s) in the manner as stated above, not more than three months and not less than one month prior to the Redemption Date so as to facilitate timely payment.
Payment on Redemption
Despatch in respect of payment on redemption of the Bonds will be made by way of cheque/pay order, etc., only on the surrender of Bond Certificate(s), duly discharged by the sole/all the joint-holders (signed on the reverse of the Bond Certificate(s)). Despatch of cheques/pay order etc. in respect of such payment will be made on the Redemption Date or within a period of 30 days from the date of receipt of the duly discharged Bond Certificate, whichever is later. In case the cheque payable at par facility is not available, ICICI Bank reserves the right to adopt any other suitable mode of payment. The Company’s liability to Bondholder(s) towards his/their rights including for payment or otherwise shall stand extinguished from the date of redemption in all events and on the Company despatching the redemption amounts to the Bondholder(s). Further, the Company will not be liable to pay any interest, income or compensation of any kind from the date of redemption of the Bond(s).
Right to Reissue Bond(s)
Transfer/Transmission of Bond(s)
Where two or more persons are holders of any Bonds, they shall be deemed to hold the same as joint tenants with benefits of survivorship subject to other provisions contained in the Articles.
The sole Bondholder or first Bondholder, along with other joint Bondholders may nominate any one person who, in the event of death of the sole holder or all the joint-holders, as the case may be, shall become entitled to the Bond. A person, being a nominee, becoming entitled to the Bond by reason of the death of the Bondholder, shall be entitled to the same advantages to which he would be entitled if he were the registered holder of the Bond. Where the nominee is a minor, the Bondholder(s) may make a nomination to appoint, in the prescribed manner, any person to become entitled to the Bond(s), in the event of his death, during the minority. A nomination shall stand rescinded upon sale of a Bond by the person nominating. A buyer will be entitled to make a fresh nomination in the manner prescribed. When the Bond is held by two or more persons, the nominee shall become entitled to receive the amount only on the demise of all the holders. Fresh nominations can be made only in the prescribed form available on request at the Registered Office of the Company/Registrar.
(i) Documentary evidence should be submitted to the Legacy Cell of the RBI to the effect that the Bond was acquired by the NRI as part of the legacy left by the deceased holder.
(ii) Proof that the NRI is an Indian national or is of Indian origin. Such holding by the NRI will be on a non-repatriable basis. Where on the demise of a sole or last of the survivors of the joint-holders, who is a non-resident, another NRI becomes entitled to the Bond, the steps as stated earlier will have to be complied with. The holding of the inheriting NRI would be on the same basis as held by the NRI from whom the Bond(s) are inherited.
Issue of Duplicate Bond Certificate(s)
If any Bond Certificate(s) is/are mutilated or defaced or the cages for recording transfers of Bonds are fully utilized, the same may be replaced by the Company against the surrender of such Certificate(s). Provided, where the Bond Certificate(s) are mutilated or defaced, the same will be replaced as aforesaid only if the certificate numbers and the distinctive numbers are legible.
If any Bond Certificate is destroyed, stolen or lost, then upon production of proof thereof to the satisfaction of the Company and upon furnishing such indemnity/security and/or documents as the Company may deem adequate, duplicate Bond Certificate(s) shall be issued.
Trustees for the Bondholders
The Company has appointed Bank of Maharashtra, “Lokmangal”, 1501, Shivaji Nagar, Pune-411 005 to act as Trustees for the Bondholders (“Trustees”). The Company and the Trustees will enter into a Trustee Agreement, inter alia, specifying the powers, authorities and obligations of the Trustees and the Company. The Bondholder(s) shall, without further act or deed, be deemed to have irrevocably given their consent to the Trustees or any of their agents or authorized officials to do all such acts, deeds, matters and things in respect of or relating to the Bonds as the Trustees may in their absolute discretion deem necessary or require to be done in the interest of the Bondholder(s). Any payment made by the Company to the Trustees on behalf of the Bondholder(s) shall discharge the Company pro tanto to the Bondholder(s).
The Trustees will protect the interest of the Bondholders in the event of default by the Company in regard to timely payment of interest and repayment of principal and they will take necessary action at the cost of the Company. The major events of default which happen and continue without being remedied for a period of 30 days after the dates on which the monies specified in (i) and (ii) below become due and will necessitate repayment before stated maturity are as follows:
(i) Default in payment of monies due in respect of interest owing upon the Bonds;
(ii) Default in payment of any other monies including costs, charges and expenses incurred by the Trustees. No Bondholder shall be entitled to proceed directly against the Company unless the Trustees, having become so bound to proceed, fail to do so.
Bondholder not a Shareholder
Rights of Bondholders
1.The Bonds shall not, except as provided in the Act, confer upon the holders thereof any rights or privileges available to the members of the Company including the right to receive Notices or Annual Reports of, or to attend and/or vote, at the General Meeting of the Company. However, if any resolution affecting the rights attached to the Bonds is to be placed before the shareholders, the said resolution will first be placed before the concerned registered Bondholders for their consideration. In terms of Section 219(2) of the Act, holders of Bonds shall be entitled to a copy of the Balance Sheet on a specific request made to the Company.
2. The rights, privileges and conditions attached to the Bonds may be varied, modified and/or abrogated with the consent in writing of the holders of at least three-fourths of the outstanding amount of the Bonds or with the sanction of Special Resolution passed at a meeting of the concerned Bondholders, provided that nothing in such consent or resolution shall be operative against the Company, where such consent or resolution modifies or varies the terms and conditions governing the Bonds, if the same are not acceptable to the Company.
3.The registered Bondholder or in case of joint-holders, the one whose name stands first in the Register of Bondholders shall be entitled to vote in respect of such Bonds, either in person or by proxy, at any meeting of the concerned Bondholders and every such holder shall be entitled to one vote on a show of hands and on a poll, his/her voting rights shall be in proportion to the outstanding nominal value of Bonds held by him/her on every resolution placed before such meeting of the Bondholders. The quorum for such meetings shall be at least five Bondholders present in person.
4.The Bonds are subject to the provisions of the Companies Act, 1956, the Memorandum and Articles, the terms of this Prospectus and Application Form. Over and above such terms and conditions, the Bonds shall also be subject to other terms and conditions as may be incorporated in the Trustee Agreement/ Letters of Allotment/ Bond Certificates, guidelines, notifications and regulations relating to the issue of capital and listing of securities issued from time to time by the Government of India and/or other authorities and other documents that may be executed in respect of the Bonds.
5.Save as otherwise provided in this Prospectus, the provisions contained in Annexure C and/or Annexure D to the Companies (Central Government’s) General Rules and Forms, 1956 as prevailing and to the extent applicable, will apply to any meeting of the Bondholders, in relation to matters not otherwise provided for in terms of the Issue of the Bonds.
6.A register of Bondholders will be maintained in accordance with Section 152 of the Act and all interest and principal sums becoming due and payable in respect of the Bonds will be paid to the registered holder thereof for the time being or in the case of joint-holders, to the person whose name stands first in the Register of Bondholders.
7.The Bondholders will be entitled to their Bonds free from equities and/or cross claims by the Company against the original or any intermediate holders thereof.
Procedure for Application
Availability of Prospectus and Application Forms
Application Forms with copies of the Prospectus may be obtained from the Registered Office and the Zonal/Regional/Development Offices of the Company, from the Lead Managers, Joint Lead Managers, Advisor to the Issue, Co-Managers, Chief Marketing Agent and Bankers to the Issue stated in this Prospectus, as well as from the collection branches of these Banks listed in the Application Form. Application Form can also be downloaded from ICICI Bank’s website “www.ICICI Bank.com”
Who can Apply
The following categories of persons are eligible to apply in the Issue:
How to Apply
1. Applications for the Bonds must be made in the prescribed form.
2. The forms should be completed in block letters in English as per the instructions contained herein and in the Application Form and are liable to be rejected if not so completed.
3.Applications should be in single or joint names (not more than three).
4. Applications should be for a minimum of one Bond and in multiples of one Bond thereafter, except in case of Regular Income Bond where the application should be for a minimum of 3 Bonds for Option I and 2 Bonds for Option II and in multiples of one Bond thereafter and Tax Saving Bond Option I where the application should be for a minimum of 3 Bonds and multiple of 1 Bond thereafter. The maximum application can be equal to the net Offer to the Public i.e. Rs.300 crore.
5. Thumb impressions and signatures other than in English/Hindi/Gujarati/Marathi or any of the other languages specified in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India must be attested by a Magistrate or a Notary Public or a Special Executive Magistrate under his/her official seal.
6.Applicant’s Bank Account Details
The name of the applicant’s bank, type of account and account number must be filled in the Application Form. This is required for the applicant’s own safety and these details will be printed on the refund orders, if any. Applications without these details are liable to be rejected.
7.Applications under Power of Attorney
In the case of applications made under Power of Attorney or by limited companies, corporate bodies, trusts etc., a certified copy of the Power of Attorney or the relevant authority, as the case may be, must be lodged separately, along with a photocopy of the Application Form, at the office of the Registrars to the Issue simultaneously with the submission of the Application Form, indicating the name of the applicant along with the address, application serial number, date of submission of the Application Form, name of the bank and branch where it was deposited, cheque/draft number and bank and branch on which the cheque/draft was drawn.
8. PAN/GIR Number
Where application(s) is/are for a total value of Rs. 50,000 or more, the applicant or in the case of an application in joint names, each of the applicants, should mention his/her Permanent Account Number (PAN) allotted under the Income-tax Act, 1961 or where the same has not been allotted, the GIR No. and the Income tax Circle/Ward/District. In case neither the PAN nor the GIR Number has been allotted or the applicant is not assessed to income tax, the applicant shall mention ‘Not Allotted’ in the appropriate box provided for the purpose. Application Forms without this information will be considered incomplete and are liable to be rejected.
9. Joint Applications in the case of Individuals
Applications may be made in single or joint names (not more than three). In the case of joint application, all payments will be made out in favour of the first applicant. All communications will be addressed to the first named applicant whose name appears in the Application Form at the address mentioned therein.
An applicant should submit only one application (and not more than one) for the total number of Bonds required. Two or more applications in same names will be deemed to be multiple applications if the sole/first applicant is one and the same.
In case of a mutual fund, a separate application can be made in respect of each scheme of the mutual fund and such applications will not be treated as multiple applications provided that the applications made clearly indicate the name of each scheme under which the application has been made.
ICICI Bank reserves the right to accept or reject, in its sole and absolute discretion, all or any multiple applications in any/all categories.
11.A separate cheque/draft/stockinvest must accompany each Application Form.
12. Applicants are requested to write their names and application serial number on the reverse of the instruments by which the payments are made.
13.Interest on application money will be paid separately by ICICI Bank wherever applicable. Thus, the same should not be deducted from the application amount.
14.Tax Deduction at Source
Persons (other than companies and firms) claiming receipt of interest on application money without deduction of tax at source should submit Form 15H (in duplicate) at the time of submitting the Application Form. Other investors can submit a certificate as per Form 15AA. For availing the exemption from deduction of tax at source from interest on Bonds he should submit Form 15F/15AA, as the case may be alongwith the name of the sole/first applicant, bondholder number and the distinctive numbers of bonds held should be submitted by investors to the Registrar to the Issue for availing the said exemption on confirmation of allotment.
All Applicants are requested to tick the relevant column “Category of Investor” in the Application Form. Private Religious/Charitable Trusts and other investors requiring approved security status for making investments and individuals should note that in case they do not tick in the relevant place, their application will be considered in the “Other Category” and allotment made accordingly. In all such cases, ICICI Bank will not be held responsible for the allotment, if any.
16. An investor should apply for one or more type of Bonds and/or one or more option of Bonds in a single Application Form. For further instructions, please read Application Form carefully.
i.Payment may be made by way of cash/stockinvest/cheque/bank draft drawn on any bank, including a co-operative bank which is situated at and is member or sub-member of the Bankers’ clearing-house located at the place where the Application Form is submitted, i.e., at designated collection centres.
Outstation cheques/bank drafts or cheques/bank drafts drawn on banks not participating in the clearing process will not be accepted. Money orders/postal orders will also not be accepted.
ii.All cheques/drafts must be made payable to “ICICI Bank SAFETY BONDS” and crossed “A/C PAYEE ONLY”
iii.All stockinvests should be payable to the Company, i.e., “ICICI Bank Limited” and crossed “A/C PAYEE ONLY”.
iv.Investors residing at those places where there is no collecting Bank may send their Application Form along with bank drafts payable at Mumbai by registered post with acknowledgment due to MCS Limited, Sri Padmavati Bhawan, Plot No.93, Road No.16, M.I.D.C., Andheri (E), Mumbai – 400 093, so that the same are received on or before the closure of the subscription list.
v The applications shall be made only by way of cheque/bank draft/cash/stockinvest. However, if the amount payable on application is Rs. 20,000 or more together with any earlier outstanding loan or deposit placed with ICICI Bank by the applicant, such payment must be effected only by way of an account payee cheque/stockinvest or bank draft in terms of Section 269SS of the Income-tax Act, 1961. Otherwise the applications may be rejected and application money refunded without any interest.
Payment by Stockinvest
The applicant who is an individual or mutual fund has the option to use the instrument stockinvest in lieu of cash/cheques/bank drafts for payment of application money. The applicant using stockinvest should submit the Application Form along with the instrument to the Bankers to the Issue mentioned in the Application Form. Stockinvest instruments are payable at par at all the branches of the issuing bank and as such, outstation stockinvest instruments can be attached to the Application Form. The applicant may approach the banks concerned for obtaining stockinvest and detailed instructions for the same. The applicant has to fill in the following particulars:
i. Title of the Account as mentioned in the Application Form.
ii. Number of Bonds applied for.
iii. The amount payable on the Bond(s) applied for. The instrument should thereafter be signed by the applicant. It should also bear the stamp of the Bank issuing the instrument and should be crossed “A/c Payee Only” and made payable only to “ICICI Bank Limited”. Service charges for issuing the stockinvest must be borne by the applicant. The applicant should not fill in the portion to be filled up by the Registrars to the Issue (right-hand portion of the instrument). The Registrars to the Issue will fill up the right-hand side of the stockinvest indicating the Bonds allotted to the applicants, calculated as follows:
i. In case of full allotment, the number of Bonds on the right- hand side will be the same as that on the left-hand side of the instrument;
ii. In case of partial allotment, the number filled up by Registrars to the Issue on the right-hand side of the instrument will be less than the number filled up by the applicant on the left- hand side;
iii. In case the allotment is nil, the number filled up by the Registrars to the Issue on the right-hand side of the instrument will be nil. The stockinvest should be used by the Purchaser and the name of the Purchaser/one of the Purchasers should be indicated as the first applicant in the Application Form. Thus, if the signature of the Purchaser on the stockinvest and the signature of the first applicant in the Application Form do not tally, the application would be treated as having been accompanied by a third party stockinvest and is liable to be rejected. The stockinvest instrument should be used by the Purchaser within 10 days from the date of issue of the instrument, failing which such applications are liable to be rejected. For the purpose of calculating the 10 days, the last date for use of the stockinvest for submitting the Application Form to the bank is indicated on the face of the stockinvest with a notation “to be used before _____________”. No refund order will be issued to the applicants using stockinvest for payment of application money. In case of non-allotment of Bonds, the cancelled stockinvest instruments will be returned to the applicant, within 10 weeks of closure of subscription list by Registered Post. The applicant will have to approach the issuing bank branch for lifting the lien. Registrars to the Issue have been authorized by the Company (through Resolution of the Committee of Directors passed on March 16, 1999), to sign on behalf of the Company to realize the proceeds of the stockinvest from the issuing bank or to affix non-allotment advice on the instrument, or to cancel the stockinvest(s) of the non-allottee. Such cancelled stockinvest(s) shall be sent back by the Registrars directly to the investors. Reserve Bank of India vide its circular no. DBOD No. FSC.BC.100/24.47.001/94 dated September 2, 1994 has restricted the use of stockinvest(s) to individual investors and mutual funds only. Stockbrokers, Corporate Bodies, Banks and Financial Institutions are not allowed to apply through stockinvest(s). A ceiling of Rs. 50,000/- per individual per Stockinvest by banks has been imposed. The above ceiling is not applicable to mutual funds.
Note: The above information is given for the benefit of investors and the Company is not liable for any modification of the terms of stockinvest or procedure thereof by the issuing bank.
Submission of Completed Application Forms
All applications duly completed and accompanied by account payee cheques/stockinvests/drafts/cash shall be submitted at the branches of the Bankers to the Issue (listed in the Application Form) before the closure of the Issue. Applications should NOT be sent to the Company/Lead Managers/Joint Lead Managers/Co-Managers/Chief Marketing Agent/Advisor. Investors residing at those places where there is no collecting Bank may send their Application Form along with bank drafts payable at Mumbai by registered post with acknowledgment due to MCS Limited, Sri Padmavati Bhawan, Plot No.93, Road No.16, M.I.D.C., Andheri (E), Mumbai – 400 093, so that the same are received before the closure of the subscription list. No separate receipts shall be issued for the application money. However, Bankers to the Issue at their designated branches receiving the duly completed Application Forms will acknowledge the receipt of the applications by stamping and returning the acknowledgment slip to the applicant. Applications shall be deemed to have been received by the Company only when submitted to the Bankers to the Issue at their designated branches or on receipt by the Registrar as detailed above and not otherwise.
Rejection of Applications
The Board of Directors/ Committee of Directors reserves its full, unqualified and absolute right to accept or reject any application in whole or in part and in either case without assigning any reason thereof. In the event, if any Bond(s) applied for is/are not allotted in full, the excess application monies of such Bonds will be refunded, as may be permitted under the provisions of the Act.
Letters of Allotment / Bond Certificates / Refund Orders
The Company shall despatch the Letter(s) of Allotment or Bond Certificate(s)/Letter(s) of Regret/Cancelled Stockinvest(s)/Refund Orders in excess of Rs. 1500/- as the case may be, by Registered Post/Speed Post at the applicant’s sole risk, within 10 weeks from the date of closure of the Issue. Refund Orders up to Rs. 1500/- will be sent under certificate of posting. Further,
a) as far as possible, allotment of securities offered to the public shall be made within 30 days of the closure of the Issue;
b) it shall pay interest @15 per cent per annum (except to applicants applying through stockinvest) if the allotment has not been made and/or the Letters of Allotment/Refund Orders have not been despatched to the investors within 30 days from the date of the closure of the Issue.
Utilization of Application Money
Declaration as a Public Security / Approved Security
Application has been made to the Government of India under Section 20(f) of the Indian Trusts Act, 1882 for declaring the Bonds as “Approved/Public Securities”.
Applications has been made to the Government of Gujarat and the Government of Maharashtra under Section 2(12)(d) of the Mumbai Public Trusts Act, 1950 for declaring the Bonds as “Approved/Public Securities”.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has notified the Bonds issued by the Company as an eligible security for investment of surplus funds of Endowments Institutions/Trusts vide its order G.O.Rt. No. 292 dated February 2, 1996 under the Andhra Pradesh Endowment Trust Act.
Investments in the Bonds by religious/charitable trusts will qualify as eligible investments under Section 11(5) of the Income-tax Act, 1961.
The Government of India has notified the Bonds issued by the Company as an eligible security for investment by Port Trusts governed under Section 88(2) of the Major Port Trusts Act.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India vide its notification no. 10279 dated March 4, 1997 has declared the Bonds issued by ICICI Bank as specified assets for the purposes of Section 54EA of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
Applications by Provident Funds, Superannuation Funds and Gratuity Funds
The Government of India has, vide its notification dated September 16, 1996, permitted Provident, Superannuation and Gratuity Funds to invest up to 40 per cent in the Bonds and securities of Public Financial Institutions as defined under Section 4A of the Act with effect from October 1, 1996. The Provident, Superannuation and Gratuity Funds can, therefore, subject to compliance of the terms and conditions of their Trust Deeds, invest in the Bonds up to 40 per cent of the eligible investment funds as permitted by the Central Government, vide the said Notification. The said notification also provided for investment of 20% in Special Deposit scheme. This requirement of keeping 20% of the incremental provident fund amounts in Special Deposit scheme has been withdrawn w.e.f. April 01, 1997 vide notification dated March 27, 1997 issued by Ministry of Labour, Government of India. As per this notification, the board of trustees are free to invest this portion in either central government securities or state government securities or bonds/securities of public financial institutions. This discretionary investment is in addition to specified limit of 40% for public financial institutions.
The Company has been advised by its head of Taxation Department that under the current tax laws, the following tax benefits interalia, will be available to the Company and the Bondholders of the Company. An investor is advised to consider in his own case the tax implications of an investment in the Bonds.
I.To the Company
1. The taxable income of the Company would not include dividend, interest or long-term capital gains from investment made by way of shares or long-term finance in specified enterprises carrying on the business of (i) developing, (ii) maintaining and operating or (iii) developing, maintaining and operating specified infrastructure facility in accordance with and subject to the provisions of Section 10(23G) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (hereinafter referred to as the Income-tax Act).
2.The taxable income of the company would not include dividend income which is declared, distributed or paid after June 1, 1997 in accordance with and subject to the provisions of Section 10(33) read with Section 115-O of the Income-tax Act.
3.Under Section 36(1)(vii) of the Income-tax Act any bad debts or part thereof written off as irrecoverable, would be allowable as a deduction from the total income of the Company in accordance with and subject to the provisions contained therein.
4.The Company being a financial corporation under the provisions of Section 36(1)(viii) of the Income-tax Act is allowed deduction at 40% of the profits derived from the business of providing long term finance computed under the head “Profits and gains of business or profession” before making any deduction under that clause, carried to Special Reserve Account under that Section. From April 1, 1998 onwards, the special reserve so created is also required to be maintained. The amount withdrawn would be chargeable to income-tax in the year of withdrawal. The deduction is restricted to the extent the aggregate of the amounts transferred to the Special Reserve Account for this purpose from time to time does not exceed twice the paid-up share capital and general reserves of the Company.
5.Under Section 43D of the Income-tax Act, interest on certain categories of bad and doubtful debts as specified in Rule 6EA of the Income-tax Rules, 1962, shall be chargeable to tax only in the year of receipt or credit to Profit and Loss Account of the Company whichever is earlier.
6.Under Section 48 of the Income-tax Act, the long term capital gains arising out of sale of capital assets excluding bonds and debentures (except Capital Indexed Bonds issued by the Government) will be computed after indexing the cost of acquisition/improvement.
7.Under Section 54EA and Section 54EB, capital gains arising on transfer of long term capital assets would not be charged to tax on investment of net consideration (Section 54EA) or capital gains (Section 54EB) respectively in any of the assets specified for this purpose in accordance with and subject to the conditions stipulated in these Sections of the Income-tax Act.
8. Under the provisions of Section 112 of the Income-tax Act, taxable long-term capital gains, if any, on sale of listed securities would be charged to tax at the concessional rate of 20% after considering indexation benefits or at 10% without indexation benefits as per the provision of section 48 of the Income-tax Act.
9. Under Section 5 of the Interest-tax Act, 1974 interest-tax is not payable by the Company on interest on loans and advances received from other credit institutions specified under the Interest-tax Act, 1974. The computation of chargeable interest would be on applying the provisions of Section 43D of the Income-tax Act and after making the deduction available for interest which is established to have become a bad debt subject to conditions mentioned in Section 5 of the Interest-tax Act, 1974.
II To the Bondholders of the Company
A.To the Residents/ Indian public
1. The interest that would be received on Encash Bonds, Tax Saving Bonds, Regular Income Bonds, and Money Multiplier Bonds in the nature of deep discount bond (the difference between the Face Value and Issue Price, in the year of redemption, if assessed in the nature of interest in the hands of the recipient) will qualify for deduction under section 80L in the hands of individuals and Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs) up to a maximum amount of Rs.12,000 in aggregate per year including other income specified under the said section in accordance with and subject to the provisions of the said section as the Company has been advised that the clarification dated May 10,1993 issued by the CBDT stating that interest on the ICICI Bank Bonds qualifies for deduction under section 80L(1)(vii) is applicable to this issue of bonds.
The company would also apply to the Central Government for notifying all these bonds under section 80L (1) (ii) of the Income- tax Act.
For an earlier similar issue, the Regular Income Bonds have been notified by the Central Government under section 80L(1)(ii) of the Income-tax Act.
2.No Income-tax is deductible at source under the present provisions of the Income-tax Act on interest on application money or on bonds in respect of the following :-
(a) (i)In case the payment of interest on application money to a payee in the aggregate during the financial year does not exceed Rs.2,500;
(ii) In case the payment of interest on bonds to individual bondholders in the aggregate during the financial year does not exceed Rs.2,500;
(b)When the Assessing Officer issues a Certificate on an application by a Bondholder on satisfaction that the total income of the Bondholder justifies no deduction of tax at source as per the provisions of Section 197(1) of the Income-tax Act;
(c)When the Bondholder (not being a company or a firm) submits a declaration in the prescribed form ( 15H on interest on application money & 15F for interest on bonds) and verified in the prescribed manner to the effect that the tax on his estimated total income of the previous year in which such income is to be included in computing his total income will be nil.
3. Tax will be deducted at a lower rate where the Assessing Officer on application by any bondholder issues a certificate for such lower deduction of tax as per the provisions of Section 197(1) of the Income-tax Act.
In all other situations, tax would be deducted at source on each payment as per prevailing provisions of the Income-tax Act.
4. The tax treatment of the difference between the face value and issue price of Money Multiplier Bonds will be in accordance with the Income-tax laws prevailing at the time of their distribution or redemption, as the case may be. Whether these distributions will be taxed in the nature of interest or capital gains is not free from doubt.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes vide its clarifications dated March 12, 1996 and May 23, 1996 on similar issues of other Companies has expressed the view that this will be treated as interest income assessable under the Income-tax Act.
On transfer of Bonds before maturity, the difference between the sale consideration and the issue price will be treated as Capital Gains/Loss if the assessee has purchased them by way of investment. In the case of an assessee who deals in purchase and sale of Bonds, securities etc. the profit or loss shall be treated as trading profit or loss. The difference between the issue price and the redemption price will be treated as interest income assessable under the Income-tax Act and, therefore, tax will have to be deducted at source under the relevant provision of the Act.
5. Under Section 54EA of the Income-tax Act, the capital gain, viz. the difference between the price on transfer and the indexed cost of acquisition of a long-term capital asset will not be subjected to tax, if the net consideration is invested in specified bonds, debentures, units or any of the assets in terms of and subject to compliance of certain conditions as mentioned therein.
The investment in Tax Saving Bonds (Options I & II) of the Company would be eligible for exemption under Section 54EA, under Notification No. 10279 dated March 4, 1997 issued by the CBDT.
6. Long term Capital gains on transfer of the bonds would be taxed at the concessional rate of tax of 10% in accordance with the provision of Section 112 of the Income-tax Act.
B. Other Eligible Institutions
1.Investments in the Bonds by religious/charitable trusts will qualify as eligible investments under Section 11(5) of the Income-tax Act.
2. All notified mutual funds set up by public sector banks or financial institutions or authorised by the Securities and Exchange Board of India will be exempt from income-tax on all their income, including income from investment in Bonds under the provisions of Section 10(23D) of the Income-tax Act.
Wealth-tax is not levied on investment in Bonds of the Company under Section 2(ea) of the Wealth-tax Act, 1957.