The Hindu Business Line reports that eleven participated in the mock test carried out by the (BSE) for the new IPO payment facility recently permitted by SEBI. The first in which the facility will be used is that of 20 Microns, which opens on Monday.
This facility, called the Application Supported by Blocked Amounts (ASBA), allows banks to block IPO application money in the applicant’s bank account till the time of allotment of shares. Only that amount proportionate to the share allotment will be transferred from the account.
The markets regulator has said that ASBA will be operationalised from Monday. . This coincides with the opening of the IPO of 20 Microns, the first issue in which the ASBA process will be used by investors.
“BSE has successfully tested its interface with 11 banks for participation in the ASBA (Application Supported by Blocked Amounts) process,” said a BSE news release.
The exchange is in the process of testing the interface with other banks that have evinced interest in participating in the ASBA process, BSE said. Using this interface, the banks participating in the IPO process would be able to upload the bids with respect to their customers, into the electronic book of the BSE.