Disinvestment in Oil India, NTPC soon: Govt

Disinvestment in Oil India, NTPC soon: Govt New Delhi: Government is likely to come out with 10 percent stake sale offer of Oil India in the second fortnight of this month, followed by NTPC's issue in the first 14 days of February, a Finance Ministry official said Monday.

"We will come out with Oil India issue in the second fortnight of January and in the first fortnight of February NTPC will hit the markets," Disinvestment Secretary DK Mittal told reporters here.

As part of the its Rs 30,000-crore disinvestment target for this fiscal, the government plans to divest 10 percent stake in Oil India, which could fetch around Rs 2,700 crore at the prevailing market price.

Besides, a 9.5 percent stake sale in NTPC could reap over Rs 12,000 crore for the exchequer. The government proposes to divest 9.5 percent stake in NTPC via Offer for Sale (auction) route.

The government holds 84.5 percent stake in the NTPC. Post-disinvestment, the government stake would come down to 75 percent. NTPC became public with an initial public offer (IPO) in 2004.

Before the fiscal-end, the government has a mammoth task to achieve the Rs 30,000-crore target set in the 2012-13 Budget. So far, it has managed to raise over Rs 6,900 crore through minority stake sale in PSUs.

While NMDC issue had fetched Rs 6,000 crore, stake sale in Hindustan Copper yielded Rs 808 crore for the government. Earlier, the government had realised Rs 154 crore from NBCC initial public offering.

The government has already identified 10 companies, including Oil India, SAIL and Hindustan Aeronautics. It plans to sell 10 percent stake each in Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

Besides, it plans to offload 12.15 percent in Nalco, 10.82 percent in SAIL and 9.33 percent in MMTC.

Also, a 5 percent stake sale in BHEL and another 4.01 percent in Hindustan Copper are in the pipeline.

Meanwhile, the government has appointed six merchant bankers, including Goldman Sachs, Citigroup for stake sale in NTPC, which could fetch Rs 12,000 crore to the exchequer.

The others who have been selected for managing the NTPC disinvestment include Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, SBI Capital Markets and Kotak Securities, sources said.

As many as 14 investment bankers had made presentation before the Department of Disinvestment last week.

Besides, the government is likely to take up the 10 per cent disinvestment proposal in Engineers India Ltd in the Cabinet meeting on January 10.

The government minority stake sale, which is likely next fiscal, could rake in Rs 645 crore to the exchequer.

PTI