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What is Sale of NBFC?

While the sale of NBFC is the concern of NBFC owner, as a buyer of NBFC, one must be thoroughly acquainted with the functions, market size, future and what NBFC is in real sense.

Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) is a financial entity which does not hold a banking license or is not governed by the national banking laws and regulations.

As per the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), “A Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) is a company registered under the Companies Act, 1956 engaged in the business of loans and advances, acquisition of shares/stocks/bonds/debentures/securities issued by Government or local authority or other marketable securities of a like nature, leasing, hire-purchase, insurance business, chit business but does not include any institution whose principal business is that of agriculture activity, industrial activity, purchase or sale of any goods (other than securities) or providing any services and sale/purchase/construction of immovable property”.

It is pertinent to note that the NBFCs are registered under the Companies Act while they are managed and regulated under the Reserve Bank of India.

What is the Difference between NBFCs and Banks?

There are certain functions that an NBFC cannot undertake like a bank, which are as follows:

  • NBFCs, unlike banks, cannot accept demand deposits.
  • NBFCs are not permitted to issue cheques drawn on itself. The cheques are not a part of their payment and settlement system.
  • People making deposits with an NBFC do not have the option of Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation.

Types of NBFCs

The NBFCs are of two types:

  • Deposit accepting
  • Non-deposit accepting

NBFCs with asset size of more than INR 500 crores or more, as per the last audited balance sheet, are considered to be systematically important NBFCs.

Types of NBFCs as per their Activity

  • Asset Finance Company
  • Loan Company
  • Systematically Important Core Investment Company
  • Micro-Finance Institution
  • Mortgage Guarantee Companies
  • Investment Companies
  • Infrastructure Finance Company
  • Infrastructure Debt Fund
  • Factors
  • Non-Operating Financial Holding Company

Mostly, the companies whose business is chiefly involved in financial activities are registered as NBFCs with the RBI. These are under the supervision and have to comply with the regulations of RBI.

How to start NBFC Business in India?

If you are looking forward to establish your own NBFC business in India, there are two ways to go about it:

  • Applying for New Registration with RBI
  • Taking over an already existing NBFC

Out of these two ways, takeover of NBFC is the simpler one as it requires lesser time and is not complicated. Taking-over an NBFC takes between 45-60 days only.

What is the Procedure for Sale of NBFC?

The foremost step in the sale of NBFC is the prior approval of RBI in case any of the following conditions would apply during the sale:

  • There may or may not be any change in management after sale
  • Any change in shareholding of the company which results in at least 26% of the selling or buying of paid-up capital
  • Any change in the management of the company

Due Diligence of NBFC

Due diligence of an NBFC would include the assessment of its business activities in order to ascertain its assets and liabilities for estimating its commercial potential.

Any buyer intending to purchase an NBFC would undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the same. The due diligence that the buyer undertakes is of four types:

  • Legal Due Diligence
  • Financial Due Diligence
  • Commercial Due Diligence
  • Other (Miscellaneous) Due Diligence

Legal Due Diligence: This involves the scrutiny of the legal basis of all the transactions of the NBFC which includes contracts, property, loans, impending litigations and cases, employment and overall legal structure.

Financial Due Diligence: This involves examination of the financial information of the NBFC, which includes information pertaining to the assets, liabilities, debts, cash flow, management, capital, etc.

Commercial Due Diligence: The involves the evaluation of the NBFC as a unit of the business market of which it is a part. This includes a careful perusal of the competitors, customer relationship, business plan, expected sales, strategies taken by the company, popularity of business, etc.

Other Due Diligence: This includes due diligence of other vital components that form part of an NBFC such as Taxation, Intellectual Property, Information Technology System, Organizational Structure of the NBFC, hierarchy system of management, communication channels followed by the organization, etc.

Collecting the Relevant Information pertaining to NBFC

It is vital that the information collected in the process of due diligence is reliable and accurate. The source collecting information during due diligence should be dependable as the decision of purchase is based on it.

To undertake due diligence, a systematic manner has to be followed to gather information to ensure that all the relevant legal provisions are complied with in the process. This information is mostly gathered from the financials of the company, market data, business news and directors of the company.

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Checklist of Things Before Investing in an NBFC

In order to make a decision as to whether to buy an NBFC or not, it is important that the following list of things is checked:

  • Minutes of the meetings of the NBFC
  • Secretarial Compliance
  • Material Agreements
  • Regulatory Matters, especially the compliance with RBI regulations
  • Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Taxation Compliances
  • Corporate Matters
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Financing Matters
  • Property
  • Human Resource
  • Taxation Compliance

Additional Checklist of Documents

You can check the following documents just to be doubly sure of your decisions:

  • Registration to Financial Intelligence Unit-India
  • Creation of Statutory Reserve at the rate of 20% of profit- this the compliance with Section 45-IC of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934
  • Registration with Information Utility under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016
  • Appointing nominated legal counsel at the Delhi High Court
  • Audit Report to Directors as per the circular – DNBS (PD) CC No. 129/03.02.82/2008-09 dated 23 September 2008
  • Statutory Auditor Certificate (SAC)
  • Registration with the Central KYC Portal
  • Membership of Credit Information Company (CIC)

Can a Foreign Entity buy an NBFC in India?

Yes, a foreign entity or a resident can acquire an existing NBFC in India. For this, the process of inward remittances of funding will have to be followed in which funds are channelized through the banking route. The whole funding process shall be done after intimating and under the supervision of the RBI. This entire process should be followed with the Foreign Exchange and Management Act (FEMA), 1999, the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Scheme and the RBI regulation for reporting.

In case the target company is purely of investment nature, then prior approval of Department of Economic Affairs would also be required under the extant FDI policy and FEMA regulation.

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A person or an entity located outside India can purchase an NBFC in India under the complete supervision of Reserve Bank of India by following the method of inward remittances via the banking route.

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