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Updated on: Monday, June 14, 2021, 04:07 PM IST

Adani Group terms reports of freezing of 3 FPI accounts 'blatantly erroneous', to 'deliberately mislead' investing community

Gautam Adani becomes the second richest Asian after Mukesh Ambani; overtook Chinese billionaire Zong Shanshan |

Gautam Adani becomes the second richest Asian after Mukesh Ambani; overtook Chinese billionaire Zong Shanshan |

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Adani Group stocks Adani Group stocks outperformed to the benchmark and stocks gained as follows Adani Enterprises (+22%), Adani Power(+60 percent), Adani Ports(+9 percent), Adani Transmission(+9 percent) between 1st June to 11th June. However all Adani group stocks witnessed deep cuts on 14th June on report that Indian depository has frozen three Mauritius based funds owning Adani group stake worth Rs 435 billion.

However, according to a filing with the stock exchanges, Adani Group has said: We regret to mention that these reports are blatantly erroneous and is done to deliberately mislead the investing community. This is causing irreparable loss of economic value to the investors at large and reputation of the group. Given the seriousness of the article and its consequential adverse impact on minority investors, we requested Registrar and Transfer Agent, with respect to the status of the Demat Account of the aforesaid funds and have their written confirmation vide its e-mail dated 14th June, 2021. clarifying that the Demat Account in which the aforesaid funds hold the shares of the Company are not frozen.

The NSDL website reportedly showed the accounts of Albula Investment Fund, Cresta Fund and APMS Investment Fund as being frozen without citing a reason.

The three funds feature among the top 12 investors and owned about 2.1 percent to 8.91 percent stakes in five Adani Group companies as of March 31, 2020, annual investor presentations show. The value of their holding in the five Adani group firms was valued at $7.78 billion before the stocks witnessed mayhem on Monday.

Adani Group companies shares tank

On Monday morning (June 14) shares of Adani Group Companies fell between 5 percent and 18 percent on the first day of trading. Adani Enterprises and Nifty 50-listed Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone were the top losers, falling over 15 percent after a report in The Economic Times that the National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL) had frozen the accounts of three foreign funds which have a total investment of Rs 43,500 crore worth of shares in four Adani Group companies.

At 11.40, Adani Enterprises tumbled 24.99 percent to Rs 1,201.10, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone plummeted 18.75 percent to Rs 681.50 on the BSE.

Among others, Adani Green Energy dipped 5 per cent to Rs 1,165.35, Adani Total Gas fell 5 percent to Rs 1,544.55, Adani Transmission declined 5 percent to Rs 1,517.25 and Adani Power slumped 4.99 percent to Rs 140.90.

According to the depository's website, the accounts of Albula Investment Fund, Cresta Fund and APMS Investment Fund were frozen on or before May 31. An account freeze indicates that the funds would not be able to sell any of the existing securities or buy any new securities.

All the three funds, based out of Mauritius, are registered with Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) as foreign portfolio investors (FPIs). According to the ET report, they together hold 6.82 percent in Adani Enterprises, 8.03 percent in Adani Transmission, 5.92 percent in Adani Total Gas, and 3.58 percent in Adani Green, as mentioned by the daily. They are registered at the same address in Port Louis and don't have websites, the daily reported.

SEBI updated the know your customer (KYC) documentation for FPIs and allowed time till 2020 to comply with the new norms. The regulator sought additional information from FPIs, including disclosures on common ownership and personal details for key employees. The regulator had warned that non-compliance to the new norms will lead to a freeze on the accounts.

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Published on: Monday, June 14, 2021, 03:45 PM IST
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