- BSE CEO said it was important to support SMEs and startups because they have the potential of creating wealth
- He stated that as many as 253 SMEs were listed on BSEs dedicated SME platform and their market capitalisation stood at Rs 22,000 crore
“Yes, we know there is a risk in raising funds for SMEs and startups listed on our dedicated platforms, but some of them have potential of becoming giant companies like Infosys and Reliance Industries. One must remember, Infosys and Reliance had started small,” he told PTI in an interview here.
Chauhan said it was important to support SMEs and startups because they have the potential of creating wealth.
“Even if 75 per cent of the startups and SMEs do not survive out of one lakh in total, there still will be 25,000 companies. For me it is glass half-full which is more important because they will create unforeseen wealth in India,” he said.
Chauhan said as many as 253 SMEs were listed on BSEs dedicated SME platform and their market capitalisation stood at Rs 22,000 crore.
“In the last six years of its inception, as many as 253 companies have been listed in our SMEs platform. At the time of listing, their market capitalisation was around Rs 8,000 crore as of July 2014. Today their market capitalisation is Rs 22,000 crore,” he said.
BSE was the first bourse to launch a dedicated platform for SMEs and startups in March 2012 after SEBI allowed small companies to get listed without an initial public offering (IPO).
It launched an institutional trading platform for this in November 2013.The National stock exchange (NSE) followed suit in September the same year.
“The average fund raised by SMEs or startups is Rs 8 crore, which is not considered large in today’s world .Hence, many countries are amazed how an Indian stock exchange like BSE is able to raise these funds at low cost,” he said.
In other countries, Chauhan said, the cost of raising funds costs in tens of crores of rupees.
“We don’t take our investors into the zone of speculation where chances of losing of money is more. We are now into distribution of IPOs, offer to sell, gold bonds and corporate bonds… And hence, we don’t have the issue of co-location,” he said.
The National Stock Exchange has been accused of lapses in high-frequency trading offered through its co-location facility and market regulator SEBI is probing allegations that some brokers had unfair access to NSE’s high frequency trading systems.