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Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund on Monday said it has sought consent of the unitholders for the orderly winding up of the six fixed income schemes.

The electronic voting will take place from December 26-28 and the meeting of unitholders of relevant schemes on December 29, Franklin Templeton MF said in a statement.

The unitholders would have to take a call on whether to give consent to the winding up decision or withholding it, which would allow the schemes to reopen for purchase and redemption.

The move comes after Supreme Court on Thursday asked Franklin Templeton MF to initiate steps within one week for calling a meeting of unit holders to seek their consent for closure of six mutual fund scheme.

Franklin Templeton MF said the objective of the voting exercise is to seek, by 'simple majority', consent of the unitholders for the decision made by the trustee of the fund house to wind up the six fixed income schemes in an orderly fashion.

Consent will be sought from unitholders for each scheme separately.

Fintech has been entrusted by the fund house to carry out the electronic voting process.

Franklin Templeton MF believes that it will be beneficial for unitholders to vote 'Yes' to the proposed resolution as this will allow schemes to monetise assets without resorting to distress sales and will maximise value to unitholders.

"If the decision to wind up the schemes in an orderly manner is not implemented, it would precipitate a rush of redemptions, which would force a distress sale of the portfolio securities, likely resulting in a reduction in the net asset value (NAV) of the schemes and substantial losses for unitholders," the fund house noted.

Franklin Templeton MF closed six debt mutual fund schemes on April 23, citing redemption pressure and lack of liquidity in the bond market.

The six schemes are Franklin India Low Duration Fund, Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund, Franklin India Short Term Income Plan, Franklin India Credit Risk Fund, Franklin India Dynamic Accrual Fund and Franklin India Income Opportunities Fund.

From April 24 to November 27, the schemes under winding up have received over Rs 11,576 crore from maturities, pre-payments, and coupons. Out of this, the schemes have received Rs 2,836 crore in the month of November itself.

The cash available stands at Rs 7, 226 crore as of November 27 for the four cash positive schemes, subject to fund running expenses.

Sanjay Sapre, President, Franklin Templeton - India, said, "We seek unitholders' consent for the orderly winding up and believe this will result in the best possible outcome for unitholders in these schemes.

"Unitholders' vote in favour of the orderly winding up will allow us to maximise return of investment value without resorting to an emergency liquidation of securities. The opportunity to liquidate assets at fair value will increase with time in a normal market environment," he added.

He assured that an orderly winding up does not mean a lengthy wait for return of money.

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