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BHEL disinvestment likely in April, may fetch Rs 3,200 cr

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 13, 2018 Published on March 18, 2015

MEDAK, Andhra Pradesh,12/04/2013:BHEL administrative Building at Ramchandra puram in Medak. ----PHOTO:MOHD ARIF - MEDAK, Andhra Pradesh,12/04/2013:BHEL administrative Building at Ramchandra puram in Medak. ----PHOTO:MOHD ARIF

The Government has firmed up a list of PSUs to be divested next fiscal, starting with BHEL in April, in a bid to meet the Rs 41,000-crore stake sale target for 2015-16.

Official sources said the Disinvestment Department has completed overseas roadshows for BHEL stake sale in London, Singapore and Hong Kong.

At the current market price of Rs 260.75 a share, sale of over 12.23 crore shares in BHEL would fetch around Rs 3,200 crore to the exchequer.

Other companies which are on the block include NMDC, NALCO and IOC, with 10 per cent stake sale proposal each. Besides, 5 per cent stake sale in ONGC, PFC and REC is also on cards.

Sources said the Disinvestment Department feels shares of BHEL have been holding steady and the time may be right for going ahead with the stake sale.

The Government holds 63.06 per cent in BHEL.

In March 2014, the Government had sold 4.66 per cent stake in BHEL to LIC through a block deal for around Rs 1,800 crore.

According to sources, the process for disinvestment in other PSUs is on. Specifically for 5 per cent stake sale in ONGC, the Government is working out a subsidy sharing roadmap to give clarity to investors.

For the 2015-16 fiscal beginning April, the Government has budgeted to collect Rs 69,500 crore through PSU disinvestment.

This includes Rs 41,000 crore to be garnered through minority stake sale and another Rs 28,500 crore through strategic sale in both loss and profit-making PSUs.

Published on March 18, 2015
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