Overwhelming response from retail investors in the share sale of National Aluminium Company helped the government kick off the new financial years disinvestment programme.
Small investors bid 3.2 times over while high-networth individuals and institutional buyers bid 1.8 times more for the Nalco shares, stock exchange data showed.
The government mopped up Rs 1,204 crore--Rs 250 crore from retail and Rs 954 crore from institutions--by selling 9.2% in Nalco.
Commenting on the Nalco share sale, the secretary at the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), Neeraj Gupta, said the government was confident of retail investor demand and hence had exercised the green-shoe option keeping in mind the last four disinvestments. Todays response validates our market assessment.
The government has drawn up plans to sell stakes in more than 20 companies, including Indian Oil Corp, National Thermal Power Corp, Rural Electrification Corp, Power Finance Corp, Neyvelli Lignite Corp and NHPC, to raise Rs 72,500 crore during 2017-18.
Apart from the blue-chip stocks, the government also has plans for listing 16 state-owned companies.
The process has started for appointing legal advisers and merchant bankers for Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd, IRCON International Ltd, Indian Railway Finance Corporation Ltd, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd, RITES Ltd, Bharat Dynamics Ltd, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDSL), North Eastern Electric Power Corp, MSTC Ltd and Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd.
The government has plans to list five state-owned insuresNew India Assurance Company Ltd, United India Insurance Company Ltd, Oriental Insurance Company Ltd, National Insurance Company Ltd, and General Insurance Corporation of India.
The government has set a target of Rs 46,500 crore through small stake sales and Rs 15,000 crore from strategic disinvestment during 2017-18.
The finance ministry is planning to step up disinvestment as it has to spend more on infrastructure and social schemes while cutting the fiscal deficit to 3.2% of GDP in 2017-18, from 3.5% last year.