The following guidelines are applicable for the issue of Fully Convertible Debentures (FCDs), Partly Convertible Debentures (PCDs) and Non-convertible Debentures (NCDs):
Compulsory credit rating is required if conversion is made for FCDs after 18 months.
In case of NCD/PCD, credit rating is compulsory where maturity exceeds 18 months.
Before the NCDs or non-convertible portion of PCDs are rolled over, fresh credit rating shall be obtained within a period of 6 months prior to the date of redemption and communicated to the debenture holders before the rollover.
The rating of commercial paper and fixed deposit is also compulsory.
The rating process of debt instruments commences at the issuer's request. Based on the tenure of the instruments, the rating agency will gather the requisite data.