dividend option plan – mutual funds

SEBI circular dated 5th October, 2020 on the subject.

  1. Please refer to Ninth and Eleventh Schedule of SEBI (Mutual Funds)
    Regulations, 1996 and SEBI circular No. SEBI/IMD/CIR No 18 / 198647 /2010 dated March 15, 2010, which provide the accounting policies to be followed for determining distributable surplus and accounting the sale and repurchase of units in the books of the Mutual Fund.
  2. The aforesaid regulatory requirements, inter-alia, mandates that when units are sold, and sale price (NAV) is higher than face value of the unit, a portion of sale price that represents realized gains shall be credited to an Equalization Reserve Account and which can be used to pay dividend.
  3. There is a need to clearly communicate to the investor that, under dividend option of a Mutual Fund Scheme, certain portion of his capital (Equalization Reserve) can be distributed as dividend.
  4. Based on the recommendations of Mutual Funds Advisory Committee (MFAC), it is decided to stipulate the following:
    4.1.All the existing and proposed Schemes of Mutual Funds shall name /
    rename the Dividend option(s) in the following manner:

  1. 4.2.Offer documents shall clearly disclose that the amounts can be
    distributed out of investors capital (Equalization Reserve), which is part of sale price that represents realized gains. Further, AMCs shall ensure that the said disclosure is made to investors at the time of subscription of
    such options/plans.
    4.3.AMCs shall ensure that whenever distributable surplus is distributed, a clear segregation between income distribution (appreciation on NAV) and capital distribution (Equalization Reserve) shall be suitably disclosed in the Consolidated Account Statement provided to investors as required
    under Regulation 36(4) of SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996 and
    SEBI Circular No. CIR/MRD/ DP/ 31/2014 dated November 12, 2014.
  2. The aforesaid changes shall not be treated as Fundamental Attribute Change in terms of Regulation 18 (15A) of SEBI (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 1996.
  3. All other conditions specified in this regard shall remain unchanged.

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