Govt plans to divest 15% stake in RITES; to fetch ₹700 Cr

PTI New Delhi | Updated on May 15, 2019

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The government is planning to divest up to 15 per cent stake in railway PSU RITES through an Offer For Sale (OFS), which could fetch around ₹700 crore to the exchequer.

Railways consultancy firm, RITES, got listed on the bourse in July 2018, after it raised about ₹466 crore through an Initial Public Offering (IPO), which got subscribed 67 times. The stock was listed at ₹190 on the bourses, against the issue price of ₹185.

“The Government of India is considering to divest 15 per cent paid up equity share capital of RITES out of its shareholding of 87.40 per cent in the domestic market through OFS of shares by promoters, through stock exchanges,” the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) said.

DIPAM also invited Expression of Interest (EoI) from merchant bankers by June 6, to assist and advise the government in the sale.

Shares of RITES were trading at ₹233.95, down 3.61 per cent on the BSE.

At the current market price, sale of 15 per cent stake in RITES would fetch around ₹700 crore to the government.

The government has budgeted to raise ₹90,000 crore from Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) disinvestment in current fiscal. It has so far raised ₹2,350 crore from IPO of Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd (RVNL) and sale of enemy property.

Enemy property refers to the assets left behind by people who migrated to Pakistan or China and are no longer citizens of India.

Published on May 15, 2019

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