Govt invites bids from banks for stake sale in OIL India

The Department of Disinvestment has invited bids from merchant bankers for divesting the government stake further in petroleum exploring company OIL India.

The Government has decided to disinvest 10 per cent paid up equity of OIL India through Offer for Sale (OFS) of shares through the stock exchanges, DoD said in an advertisement. The last date for submitting expressions of interest (EoIs) by merchant bankers and selling brokers is October 4.

Reuters

The government holds 78.43 percent stake in the company and would come down to 68.43 percent, post disinvestment. OIL's paid-up capital, as on March 2012, was Rs 601 crore.

The role of the merchant bankers would be to assist and advise the government on modalities of the offer for sale and also conduct market surveys for pricing the offer.

Last week, the government decided to sell its stake in four PSUs -Hindustan Copper, Oil India, MMTC and Nalco-which may fetch around Rs 15,000 crore. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) cleared the proposal of 12.15 percent stake sale of Nalco and 9.33 percent in MMTC through Offer for Sale (OFS) route.

Besides, 9.59 percent disinvestment in Hindustan Copper Ltd (HCL). The government has proposed to raise Rs 30,000 crore from disinvestment in the current fiscal. However, it has failed to come out with any public offering in first five months of 2012-13.

Last fiscal, due to volatile market conditions, the government had to postpone the sell off process in some PSUs. It raised only Rs 14,000 crore in 2011-12 against a target of Rs 40,000 crore.

PTI