The government will offload its 10 per cent equity in Oil India Ltd (OIL) on Friday which may fetch the exchequer up to Rs 3,000
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Empowered Group of Ministers, headed by Finance Minister P
"Proposal has been cleared. Disinvestment will take place on February 1 through OFS route. Roughly we will raise Rs 2,500-3,000
crore," Petroleum Secretary G C Chaturvedi said.
According to sources, shares will be offered at a discounted price.
"Price has been determined. It has been communicated to stock exchanges," Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily told reporters after the EGoM meeting.
The Government has proposed to sell 10 per cent stake or 6.01 crore shares in the petroleum exploring company OIL through offer for sale (OFS) route. OIL's paid-up capital as on March 2012, was Rs 601
Shares of OIL were trading at Rs 528 apiece, down 2.14 per cent from its previous close on BSE in later afternoon trade. At current prices, 10 stake can fetch around Rs 3,000 crore to the exchequer.
The government holds 78.43 per cent stake in the company and would come down to 68.43 per cent, after
OIL issue would help the Centre inch towards the Rs 30,000-crore disinvestment target set for the current fiscal. The government has so far raised Rs 6,900 crore through
As per the disinvestment roadmap of the government, OIL issue was initially slated to happen in the last week of January, to be followed by one PSU stake sale every fortnight.
The stock has been on fire ever since the government started considering partial decontrol of heavily subsidised diesel prices. A partial deregulation would mean OIL having to pitch in lesser subsidy.
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