1) No company shall purchase its own shares (buy-back) or lend money against security of its own shares.2) Notwithstanding anything contained in Sub-section (1), in the following circumstances, a company may buy back its shares out of its free reserves available for being distributed as dividends, by giving information to the Office:

(a) Where the shares issued by the company are fully paid up;

(b) Where the shares issued by a public company have been listed in the Securities Board;

(c) Where the buy-back of shares is authorised by the articles of association of the concerned company;

(d) Where a special resolution has been adopted at the general meeting of the concerned company authorising the buy-back;

(e) Where the ratio of the debt owed by the company is not more than twice the capital and general reserve fund after buy-back of shares;

Explanation: For the purposes of this Clause, “debt” means all amounts of secured or unsecured debts borrowed by a company.

(f) where the value of shares to be bought back by a company is not more than twenty percent of the total paid up capital and general reserve fund of that company;

(g) Where the buy-back of shares is not in contravention of the directives issued by the Office in this respect.

3) A resolution to be presented at the general meeting pursuant to Clause (d) of Sub-section (2) shall state the following matters:

(a) The reason and necessity for the buy-back of shares;

(b) A statement of the evaluation of possible impacts of the financial situation of the concerned as a result of the buy-back of shares,

(c) The class and number of shares intended to be bought back;

(d) The maximum or minimum amount required to buy back shares as referred to in Clause (c) and financial source of such amount;

(e) The time limit for the buy-back of shares;

(f) The mode of the buy-back of shares;

(g) Such other necessary matters as specified by the Office and as required to be disclosed under the prevailing law, in respect of the buy-back of shares.

4) Where a special resolution as referred to in Sub-section (3) is adopted by the general meeting, the concerned company may buy back its shares in any of the following manners within a period of twelve months of the adoption of that resolution:

(a) Purchasing from the stock exchange;

(b) Purchasing from the concerned employee of the company the shares allotted to him/her,

(c) Purchasing from the existing shareholders on a proportionate basis.

5) Where a company buys back its own shares pursuant to Subsection (4),it shall file with the Office a return containing the number of shares bought back, amount paid for the same and other necessary details within thirty days of the date of such buy-back.

6) There shall be established a separate capital redemption reserve fund, to which a sum equal to the nominal value of the shares bought back pursuant to Sub-section (4) shall be transferred; and the amount of such fund shall be maintained as if it were the paid-up capital .

7) Where a company buys back its shares pursuant to Subsection (4),it shall cancel the shares so bought back within one hundreds twenty days of the date of such buy-back .

8) Once a company buys back any class of shares pursuant to this Section, the company shall not re-issue the shares of that class, except for the issue of bonus shares or payment of its liability, prior to the expiration of two years after such buy-back.

9) Notwithstanding anything contained elsewhere in this Section, no public company shall buy back its shares in a manner that such minimum number of shareholders or minimum paid–up capital as required to be maintained by that company becomes less or lower.

10) Other conditions where a company cannot buy back its shares and other terms required to be complied with in the buying back of its shares shall be as prescribed.