Archive for July 30th, 2009

Promoter stake reduction could raise Rs.159,000 crore :O

Promoter stake reduction could raise Rs.159,000 crore :O

Listed companies could raise over Rs.159,000 crore if Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s proposal to reduce promoter stake in all listed companies to 75 percent becomes a policy , a report released Wednesday said.


Of this, state-owned firms alone will contribute as much as Rs.138,000 crore, the report by broking firm SMC Capitals said.

Among the listed companies, there are about 180 firms where promoters hold more than 75 percent of the equity.

Of these, 28 are public sector units (PSUs),while the remaining 152 are private companies,said the SMC report.

“To comply with the proposal of reducing the promoters’ stake to 75 percent, the total value of stake that needs be offloaded is a whopping Rs.159,263 crore,” said SMC Capitals equity head Jagannadham Thunuguntla.


“Of this amount, stake sale in PSU companies will aggregate to about Rs.138,075 crore, and that of non-PSUs will be Rs.21,188 crore,” he added.

Mukherjee had said in his budget proposal July 6 that the government would look at increasing public stake in all listed companies to 25 percent, which currently is about 15 percent.


The chairman of the markets watchdog, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), has however proposed to the government that the increase in public holding be done in a phased manner and companies given time to dilute promoter holding to 75 percent.


“Keeping this account, it will be more practical and sensible to implement this regulation in a phased manner by the finance ministry, facilitating smoother implementation,” said the report. 🙂

Indian Govt. disinvestment plans to kick off soon !

Indian Govt. disinvestment plans to kick off soon !

Indian Power Firm NHPC Ltd will kick off a $1.25 billion IPO next week in the first share sale by a state company.

Since the congress party’s unexpectedly strong re-election in May spurred investors hopes for pro market reforms. 🙂


Despite opposition from labour groups and leftist parties, the government is forecast by some watchers to offload roughly $5 billion a year in state shares.

This could hearten a bond market worried about fiscal responsibility, but do little to address a yawning deficit and $90 billion borrowing plan.

Investors are expected to lap up shares in government firms, given :

a) attractive pricing,

b) a record of outperformance relative to IPOs by private firms,

c) and a roaring stock market run since March. 🙂

NHPC opens its IPO on August 7 in what would be the first for a state firm in India since Feb. 2008.

Oil India is expected to follow with a $500 to $600 million issue in September.


Also in the works could be a multi-billion-dollar IPO by telecoms firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.

Secondary offerings by power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals, Rural Electrification Corp, trading firm MMTC Ltd and mining firm NMDC Ltd. are also in queue.


The pipeline of equity from state firms promises to top the record $6 billion raised from government asset sales between 1999 and 2004 when the pro-business Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) was in power.

During that period, shares were sold in firms such as Oil and Natural Gas Corp and Maruti Suzuki.

Since then, the government raised just $1.4 billion as allies of the ruling coalition and labour unions thwarted plans for stake sales.


Indian state companies that listed between 2004 and 2009 have shown share price gains on average of 140 percent compared with just 3.5 percent for their private sector peers, according to a study by SMC Capitals, a deal tracking firm.