Business Studies Part I
Business Studies Part II

Question paper

1 Mark Questions

Q1 Meca Ltd. a reputed automobile manufacturer needs Rupees ten crores as additional capital to expand its business. Atul Jalan, the CEO of the company wanted to raise funds through equity. On the other hand the Finance Manager, Nimi Sahdev said that the public issue may be expensive on account of various mandatory and non-mandatory expenses. Therefore, it was decided to allow the securities to institutional investors. Name the method through which the company decided to raise additional capital.

Q2. ABC Ltd. issued a prospectus for the subscription of its shares for Rs. 500 crores in 2008. The issue was oversubscribed by 20 times. The company issued shares to all the applicants on a pro-rata basis. Later SEBI inspected the prospectus and found some misleading statements about the management of the company in it. SEBI imposed a penalty of Rs. 5 crores and banned its three executive directors for dealing in the securities market for three years. Identify the function and its type performed by SEBI in the above case.

Q3. The money market is essentially a market for short-term funds’. In light of this statement state any features of the money market.
Q4. Reshu’s father has gifted her the shares of a large cement company with which he had been working. The securities were in physical form. She already has a bank account and does not possess any other forms of securities. She wished to sell the shares and approached a registered broker for the purpose. Mention one mandatory detail which she will have to provide with the broker.

Q5. Squib Ltd. is a large creditworthy company operating in the Kashmir Valley. It is an export-oriented unit, dealing in exclusive embroidered shawls. The floods in the Valley have created many problems for the company. Many craftsmen and workers have been dislocated and raw material has been destroyed. The firm is, therefore, unable to get an uninterrupted supply of raw materials and the duration of the production cycle has also increased. To add to the problems of the organization, the suppliers of raw materials who were earlier selling on credit are asking the company for advance payment or cash payment on delivery. The company is facing a liquidity crisis. The CEO of the company feels that taking a bank loan is the only option for the company to meet its short-term shortage of cash. As a finance manager of the company, name and explain the alternative to bank borrowings that the company can use to resolve the crisis.

5 Marks Questions

Q6. Incorporated in 1990, Raju Dairy Ltd., is one of the leading manufacturers and marketers of dairy-based branded foods in India. In the initial years, its operations were restricted only to the collection and distribution of milk. But, over the years it has gained a reasonable market share by offering a diverse range of dairy-based products including fresh milk, flavored yogurt, ice creams, buttermilk, cheese, ghee, milk powders etc. In order to raise capital to finance its expansion plans, Raju Dairy Ltd. has decided to approach the capital market through a mix of Offer for sale of Rs. 4 crore shares and a public issue of Rs. 2 crore shares.
In the context of the above case:

  1. Name and explain the segment of the capital market being approached by the company.
  2. Identify the two methods of floatation used by the company to raise the required capital. Give one difference between them.

Q7. The SEBI has imposed a penalty of Rs. 7,269.5 crore on Pearls Agrotech Corporation Limited (PACL) and its four directors — Tarlochan Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Subrata Bhattacharya who had mobilized funds from the general public through illegal collective investment schemes in the name of purchase and development of agriculture land. While imposing the penalty, the biggest in its history, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) said the company deserved “maximum penalty” for duping the common man. Its Prevention of Fraudulent and Unfair Trade Practices Regulations provides for “severe to severe penalties” for dealing with such violations. As per SEBI norms, it can impose a penalty of Rs. 25 crores or three times the profit made by indulging in fraudulent and unfair trade practices and in the present case, the regulator has imposed a fine equivalent to three times of the illicit gains.
In the context of the above case:

  1. State the objectives of setting up SEBI.
  2. Identify the type of function performed by SEBI by quoting lines from the paragraph.