Govt clears PowerGrid FPO; to divest 10 pc stake

Govt clears PowerGrid FPO; to divest 10 pc stake

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave its nod to the 20 per cent follow-on offer (FPO) by PowerGrid, an official statement said. The company would issue 10 per cent fresh equity, while the Centre would divest 10 per cent of its stake in the PSU. The government holds 86.36 per cent stake in PowerGrid.

The offer comprises over 84 crore (84,17,68,246) equity shares of Rs 10 each constituting 20 per cent of existing paid-up capital. At current market valuation, the FPO is likely to mop up about Rs 8,400 crore. Besides disinvestment of the government stake, the fresh capital raising would be used for part funding investment requirement of about Rs 58,000 crore of the PSU.

The company had hit the capital market in October, 2007, with its maiden public offer and raise 10 per cent fresh equity and the government divested 5 per cent of its stake. In an effort to raise Rs 40,000 crore from disinvestment during the current financial year, the government would sell stake in about 10 more PSUs, including IndianOil, Coal India, SAIL, RINL and Shipping Corporation.

The company targets to augment transmission capacity to 23,400 MW in the current fiscal from 19,800 MW at present. The shares of PowerGrid were trading 1.75 per cent higher at Rs 101.60 a piece on BSE in afternoon trade.

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