Govt offers discount, fixes NMDC issue price at Rs 145-150

NDMC shares

The government today fixed the issue price band of Rs 145-150 per share for its stake sale of 10 per cent in NMDC on stock exchanges on Wednesday that could fetch up to Rs 5,947 crore.

The price band is at a discount of 3.07-6.3 per cent at today's closing price of NMDC shares on BSE at Rs 154.75 per share.

"The price band for the NMDC issue has been fixed at Rs 145-150 per share. It will hit the markets on Wednesday," a source in the know said.

The offer may fetch a maximum of Rs 5,947 crore to the exchequer as part of its Rs 30,000 crore disinvestment plan for the current fiscal, if fully-subscribed, and Rs 5,749 crore in the lower price band.

The government, which has 90 per cent holding in the iron ore producer NMDC, plans to divest 39.65 crore shares, amounting to 10 per cent of its equity through offer for sale, the route followed in the Hindustan Copper share sale last month.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had on October 25 approved disinvestment of 10 per cent government shares in NMDC.

NMDC issue will be the second disinvestment by the government in this fiscal.

A Group of Ministers met today and decided on the timing and the price of the issue.

Sources said the government did not like to offer much discount for the NMDC issue, unlike 41 per cent in the case of HCL, since iron ore miner's average trading price is more than two and a half times compared to its book value.

The fundamentals of the iron ore maker is also stronger compared to HCL and above all, it is a debt-free company, they said. In addition, NMDC is sitting on a cash pile of over Rs 20,000 crore and commands around 41 per cent share in the domestic iron ore market.

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