In 2000, in connection with its Initial Public Offering (IPO) of American Depository Shares (ADS) in the United States, Wipro offered a commonly utilized and Securities and Exchange Commission approved Directed Share Program (DSP) that allowed employees and clients to purchase ADSs at the IPO market price. The Programâs objective was to involve employees and customers with the public offering to expand our recognition and brand. A majority of the shares sold under the DSP were allotted to our employees.
Pursuant to this program, Wipro representatives offered the World Bank, through its Chief Information Officer (CIO) and a senior staff, participation in the program and they directed this offer to members of their family and friends. The aggregate number of shares purchased by them was 1,750 for approximately $72,000 at the IPO price. All participants in the program signed a conflict of interest statement that their purchase did not violate any ethics or conflict of interest policies of their company.
To date, Wiproâs revenue from World Bank is insignificant. Our inability to get future business from World Bank will not adversely affect our business and results of operations.