Centre for open market stake sale in BHEL

However, the company did not specify whether it would be done through bringing in a strategic partner or through open offer in the market for divesting government’s 10 per cent stake that can fetch the government about Rs 11,000 crore at the current market value.

“We don’t need to file Draft Red Herring Prospectus to market regulator Sebi, because we are not increasing the size of our paid up capital. The government would offload its stake from 67.72 per cent to 57.72 per cent,” BHEL Chairman and Managing Director K Ravi Kumar said in an interaction with reporters.

Asked about the time frame that is proposed to disinvest government share, Kumar said, “I don’t think that it would be done the in the first tranche, which includes NHPC, OIL and NMDC. It would be done possibly in the second tranche, that is in the next financial year.”

“This is my understanding that the government would not divest its stake in BHEL this fiscal. But it is purely their prerogative. However, even if the government decides to do it now, it would take four to six months to convince the trade unions,” he further added.

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