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Govt invites merchant bankers’ bids for 10% NMDC stake sale

The Government on Friday invited bids from merchant bankers interested in assisting it in the sale of 10 per cent stake in blue-chip NMDC which could fetch about Rs 3,900 crore to the exchequer. It will select four merchant bankers for managing the stake sale in India’s largest iron ore producer NMDC.

As per the Expression of Interest floated by Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), the last date for submission of bids by merchant bankers is May 16. 

At the current market price of Rs 100.20 a piece, sale of 39.64 crore shares through an offer for sale (OFS) would fetch about Rs 3,900 crore to the exchequer. Government currently holds 80 per cent stake in the PSU, which has a paid up capital of Rs 396.47 crore. 

The government would also allot shares up to a maximum of 5 per cent of the OFS size to NMDC employees at a discount of 5 per cent to the issue or discovered price. The employees will be eligible to apply for shares up to Rs 2 lakhs only.

The PSU, which is in the administrative control of the Ministry of Steel, is primarily engaged in the business of iron ore mining but is also expanding its activities towards production of steel and other value added products. Proceeds from NMDC disinvestment will be part of government’s total disinvestment target of Rs 56,500 crore this fiscal. Of the target, Rs 36,000 crore is estimated to come from minority stake sale in PSUs, and the remaining Rs 20,500 crore from strategic sale in both profit and loss- making companies.

The government had last sold 10 per cent stake in NMDC in December 2012 during which it had netted Rs 5,900 crore to the exchequer. Shares of NMDC had slipped over 3 per cent during the day to Rs 99 a share. It recovered in afternoon trade and was quoting at Rs 100.20 on BSE.

... Scrip falls
Shares of state-owned NMDC on Friday plunged by over 2 per cent after the government invited bids from merchant bankers for assisting it in the sale of 10 per cent stake in blue-chip NMDC. The stock settled at Rs 99.85 on BSE, a drop of 2.20 per cent over its previous close. On NSE, it was down 2.20 per cent to close at Rs 99.90. Total 23.75 shares were traded on the exchanges on Friday.
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