Ministry to seek Cabinet nod for Power Finance FPO

PTI New Delhi | Updated on February 03, 2011

The Power Ministry would send a note to the Cabinet next week to receive its approval for raising about Rs 7,000 crore through a follow-on public offer of Power Finance Corporation, which is likely to come during the first quarter of the next financial year.

“We would send the Cabinet note on the PFC FPO next week...let’s see...the offer may come in April or so,” a Power Ministry official said, adding that the amount to be raised through the offer cannot be ascertained right now and an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) will decide that.

The offer comprises 5 per cent disinvestment of the Government’s share in the state-run lending agency and raising of 15 per cent fresh equity by the company. The market capitalisation of PFC currently stands at Rs 30,071 crore.

The Government currently holds 89.78 per cent stake in the public sector company. It had divested 10 per cent stake through an initial public offering (IPO) in 2007. After the proposed disinvestment, its stake might go down to about 85 per cent.

PFC is a non-banking financial institution that provides loans for various power projects in generation, transmission, distribution sector and for renovation and modernisation of existing power projects.

The Government has set a target of raising Rs 40,000 crore through disinvestment this fiscal against Rs 25,000 crore last fiscal.

Published on February 03, 2011

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