A Sponsor is a financial intermediary duly registered on OTC as a Sponsor and is normally a SEBI registered Merchant Banker. He helps a company, desirous of coming out with a Public Issue, to raise funds while complying with all the regulatory requirements. The sponsor guides the company through the various legal requirements and accounting processes. Appointment of a sponsor by a prospective issuer is mandatory for all OTCEI IPOs. Currently there are 117 sponsors registered with OTC Exchange of whom more than 75 continue to hold SEBI registration as Merchant Bankers. The services of the sponsor would complement the advice and consultation that the companies would receive from their professional investment bankers, law and accounting firm.
Choosing a Sponsor
While choosing a sponsor the company would have to bear the following points in mind
Lasting interest in the company
The sponsor should demonstrate long term interest in the company
Public Issue Expenses
The issue expenses should be kept within reasonable limits
Knowledge of the industry in which the company operates
The sponsor should have adequate knowledge and understanding of the industry in which the company operates.
Distribution and marketing capability
The sponsor should have the ability to target the desired investor /institutions
Country wide Network and Tie up with other intermediaries
The sponsor should be able to create visibility of your company through market research and analysis.
Market making ability
The sponsor should have adequate stocks to make market in your company
Public relations and liaisoning ability
Reputation and credibility in the market
Role of the Sponsor
A prospective issuer approaches a sponsor along with the project report for sponsoring the issue on OTCEI. On selection of a sponsor the company enters into a Sponsorship Agreement in the prescribed format
Appoints auditors from a list of empanelled auditors to conduct a due diligence study on the company as per the OTCEI requirements.
Files Registration Application with the Exchange on behalf of the company.
Acts as a Lead Manager or arranges for a Lead Manager to the issue.
In consultation with the company compulsorily appoints Market Makers, Registrar and Transfer Agent, Banker to the Issue and Collection Centers
In consultation with the company may voluntarily appoint a Trustee Banker and / or an Insurance Agency
Interacts with SEBI, ROC, OTCEI and other intermediaries
Prepares and files Draft Prospectus with OTCEI and SEBI
Submits printed copies of prospectus and application form to OTCEI
Ensures that the company deposits with the Exchange an amount equivalent to 1% of the issue size as Security Deposit prior to the opening of the issue.
Arranges for advertisements 21 day prior to the opening of the issue.
Ensures details of collection figures are provided on a daily basis after the opening of the issue to the Exchange.
Provides the issue closing date to the Exchange.
Submits the basis of allotment to the Exchange
Ensures that the listing application is filed on time.