If you are an investor in one of the Franklin Templeton schemes that are in the process of winding up, you have received an email on Sunday. This is about an interest payout distribution from the Segregated Portfolio 1 which holds the Vodafone Idea 8.25% (July 2020) investment.
The email seems to have caused some confusion. For better understanding, I am sharing with you a summary of what it says.
In Jan 2020, Vodafone Idea was downgraded. Various schemes from FT held the debt investment of the company in their portfolio. The one we are referring to is the Vodafone Idea 8.25% with maturity on July 10, 2020.
FT immediately wrote down 100% of the investment. Then as per SEBI guidelines for side pockets, it shifted the holding into a segregated portfolio.
A segregated portfolio is different from the main scheme and has its own existence. The idea is to ensure that if there is any recovery from the investment, it goes to only those investors which suffered initially.
Well, there seems to be a reason for optimism. Now, this specific debt investment in Vodafone Idea has paid out interest for the past 1 year. The interest is received by the segregated portfolio in the side pocket. FT is distributing this receipt to the investors in the segregated portfolios.
For clarity, we will be using Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund as an example here on.
What is the basis of distribution?
So, FT estimated the overall amount recoverable from Vodafone Idea 8.25% (July 10, 2020). This includes interest paid till now + principal payable at maturity + any further interest payable till the maturity date.
It has received Rs. 65.92 crores interest now in the Franklin India Ultra Short Bond Fund, which is 7.58% of this total recoverable amount.
FT will extinguish (consider it redeemed, in other words) 7.58% of your units in the segregated portfolio and pay out a price per unit.
Basically, if you had 10,000 units in the Franklin Templeton Ultra Short Bond Fund – Super Institutional Growth – Direct Plan, then 758 units will be redeemed/extinguished and a payout at the rate of Rs. 1.4325 units will be made.
This is about Rs. 1,085 approx. (758 units * Rs. 1.4325 partial payment per unit).
The total no. of units will reduce by the no. of redeemed units. In our example of 10,000 units, the balance units will be (10000 – 758), that is, 9,242 units.
General Formula for calculating the payout is
Total Units held by you * 7.58% * applicable price per unit.
If you have a different plan of this scheme or a different scheme, you should refer to the email received from FT which has the table with the price per unit. Use it to calculate the amount.
For reference, here is the table for Franklin Templeton Ultra Short Bond Fund
|Plan||Partial payment price per unit (INR)|
| Retail Plan Growth Option ||1.3468|
| Retail Plan Daily Dividend Option ||0.5078|
| Retail Plan Weekly Dividend Option ||0.5120|
| Institutional Plan Growth Option ||1.3797|
| Institutional Plan Daily Dividend Option ||0.5053|
| Super Institutional Plan Growth Option ||1.4251|
| Super Institutional Plan Daily Dividend Option ||0.5094|
| Super Institutional Plan Weekly Dividend Option ||0.5105|
| Direct Super Institutional Plan Growth Option ||1.4325|
| Direct Super Institutional Plan Daily Dividend Option ||0.5084|
|Direct Super Institutional Plan Weekly Dividend Option||0.5103|
How can you know the no. of units you hold?
Please refer to the AMC statement (it sent to you in January) or the latest CAMS consolidated statement to know the no. of units held by you in the segregated portfolio.
Can you expect more payments from this segregated portfolio?
Well, for whatever it is worth, it appears that the final payment at the maturity is likely to come through. However, it is better to let the event come to pass on July 10, 2020.
What is the taxation for these payouts?
You will have to be a little careful here. I am sharing with you my understanding of taxation.
The first thing that you need to know is that the units in the segregated portfolio were transferred at ZERO cost. Remember, they were first written off completely to zero and then transferred.
Now, if you have acquired your original units in the FT scheme less than 3 years ago from today, then all receipts will be treated as short term capital gains. Tax is payable as per you income tax bracket.
If they were acquired more than 3 years ago, then you can take benefit of long term capital gains tax at 20%. No indexation is possible, since the unit cost is zero.
You wonder if that has put you at a disadvantage since you actually had paid for the original units and the segregated portfolio is an extension of the main scheme.
Exactly, you had! Hence, you will be able to take the benefits when the main scheme payouts happen. Because of this segregation, the investment moved out of the main scheme.
The main scheme’s value dropped and it has lesser profits. Consequently, the expected tax in the main scheme will be lower.
Does this event mean that the FT schemes have started payouts? What about the court cases and stay on e-voting?
No, this has nothing to do with the main schemes, which are currently under litigation. The e-voting was stayed. There is no update on them.
This distribution is happening from the Segregated Portfolio – 1 with holds this specific Vodafone Idea 8.25% (July 2020) investment.
That’s all for now. Should you have any questions, please feel free to ask.