Apr 25, 2008

SEBI paves way for REMFs

25 Apr 2008 | 17:24 SEBI paves way for REMFs

SEBI, vide Notification dated 16 April 2008 has amended SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 to permit mutual funds to launch Real Estate Mutual Fund Schemes (REMFs).

The salient features of REMFs are as under:

Existing Mutual Funds are eligible to launch real estate mutual funds if they have adequate number of experienced key personnel / directors.

Sponsors seeking to set up new Mutual Funds, for launching only real estate mutual fund schemes, shall be carrying on business in real estate for a period not less than five years. They shall also fulfill all other eligibility criteria applicable for sponsoring a MF.

Every real estate mutual fund scheme shall be close-ended and its units shall be listed on a recognized stock exchange.

Net asset value (NAV) of the scheme shall be declared daily.

At least 35% of the net assets of the scheme shall be invested directly in real estate assets. Balance may be invested in mortgage backed securities, securities of companies engaged in dealing in real estate assets or in undertaking real estate development projects and other securities. Taken together, investments in real estate assets, real estate related securities (including mortgage backed securities) shall not be less than 75% of the net assets of the scheme.

Each asset shall be valued by two valuers, who are accredited by a credit rating agency, every 90 days from date of purchase. Lower of the two values shall be taken for the computation of NAV

Caps will be imposed on investments in a single city, single project, securities issued by sponsor/associate companies etc.

Unless otherwise stated, the investment restrictions specified in the Seventh Schedule shall apply.

No mutual fund shall transfer real estate assets amongst its schemes.

No mutual fund shall invest in any real estate asset which was owned by the sponsor or the asset management company or any of its associates during the period of last five years or in which the sponsor or the asset management company or any of its associates hold tenancy or lease rights.

A real estate mutual fund scheme shall not undertake lending or housing finance activities.

The amended regulations have also specified accounting and valuation norms pertaining to Real Estate Mutual Fund schemes.

26 Apr 2008 | 10:21 ICICI Pru in outsourcing deal

In a unique deal, ICICI Prudential AMC has outsourced its fund administration for over 100 schemes to HSBC Securities Services. With an AUM of Rs 54321.87 crore as of 31 March 2008, this is the largest and most complex third party outsourcing project ever undertaken in Indian fund industry.