As was widely expected, shareholders of the Bangalore Stock Exchange unanimously approved the ‘voluntary dissolution’ of the 50-year-old institution on Saturday.

The Annual General Meeting, which was attended by 100 out of the 925 members, authorised the management to seek the approval of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

“A formal letter will be sent to the SEBI on Monday,” said a senior BgSE official. Saturday’s authorisation was a mandatory requirement, which would pave the way for the exchange’s eventual exit.

Unanimous decision

C. Subramaniam, Chief Operating Officer, BgSE, told The Hindu that the AGM also decided unanimously to explore various options for the exchange company to enter into ‘non-exchange activities.’

It appointed a four-member steering committee, working under the company’s board, for the purpose.

A top source said one option was to enter into the non-banking finance company space, but it would depend on various contingent approvals, primarily those pertaining to regulations of the Reserve Bank of India.

Resolution

“The resolution was not unexpected because the exchange had become irrelevant because of the developments in the last two decades,” said a participant at the AGM. He said trading on the regional exchanges had become “puny” as larger exchanges such as the National Stock Exchange and the BSE dominated the scene.

Moreover, the proliferation of online trading, especially those linked to the two major bourses, had adversely affected the regional exchanges, he said.

First in South India

Ramalinga Raju, who was the president of the BgSE between 1993 and 1995, recalled that the exchange was the first in south India to start screen-based trading.

BgSE’s subsidiary, BgSE Financials, would continue as an “independent corp[orate broking entity,” Mr. Subramaniam said.

Future course of action

Mr. Raju said the future course of action would depend on the findings of the sub-committee. If the company was unable to find a viable business activity to pursue, its assets would be distributed to shareholders, he said.

This includes the BgSE’s property on JC Road, which functions as its headquarters and a plot on Infantry Road.


  • Sub-committee to explore options to enter into ‘non-exchange activities’

  • BgSE Financials to continue as an independent corporate broking entity


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