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SAIL shares to hit markets between Sept 24-26

SAIL shares to hit markets between Sept 24-26

The sale of shares, worth about Rs 20.65 crore, of the steel maker at the current market price of Rs 77.15 a piece would fetch the exchequer around Rs 1,600 crore.

 The Cabinet had in July 2012 approved a 10.82 per cent stake sale in the country's largest steel maker. (Photo: Reuters) The Cabinet had in July 2012 approved a 10.82 per cent stake sale in the country's largest steel maker. (Photo: Reuters)

The disinvestment of five per cent stake in state-run Steel Authority of India (SAIL) is likely to happen between September 24 and 26, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

The sale of shares, worth about Rs 20.65 crore, of the steel maker at the current market price of Rs 77.15 a piece would fetch the exchequer around Rs 1,600 crore.

"The disinvestment is likely to happen any day between September 24 and September 26 through the OFS route," the official said, adding roadshows for the share sale are already over.

Domestic roadshows for the issue were held in Mumbai and Chennai. Two teams were sent to meet overseas investors. While one visited London, New York and Boston, the other solicited participation of investors based in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Apart from SAIL, Coal India (CIL), NHPC, PFC and REC are on the block among others. The government has been using the OFS route for disinvestment of public sector undertakings (PSUs).

Government would kick-start its ambitious disinvestment programme with SAIL. It is proposing to garner Rs 43,425 crore from share sale in the PSUs, of which about 30 per cent may come from five per cent or Rs 18,000 crore stake sale in ONGC.

The Cabinet had in July 2012 approved a 10.82 per cent stake sale in the country's largest steel maker. Accordingly, the first tranche of disinvestment of 5.82 per cent was done in March 2013.

Retail investors would be offered an additional incentive of an increased investment quota as well as discount to the issue price, which would be announced a day before the OFS.

The government might announce the issue date two days prior to the OFS.

Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) had in January, 2013 permitted the promoters of top 100 companies to use the auction route or OFS route to dilute stake in listed companies. It also permitted OFS in those PSUs which were to meet the minimum 25 per cent public holding norm.