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ONGC expects to launch share sale in March

ONGC expects to launch share sale in March
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First Published: Wed, Dec 01 2010. 01 24 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Dec 01 2010. 01 24 PM IST
New Delhi: State-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp expects to launch a follow-on share sale in March, chairman R.S. Sharma said on Wednesday, sending its shares up 4%.
India has approved a 5% stake sale in ONGC that is expected to raise over $3 billion.
The company’s shares were up 4% to Rs 1,299.00 by 01:40 pm, after touching a high of Rs 1,300.50 , while the overall market gained 1%.
Sharma also said he expected the government to clarify subsidy mechanisms before the follow-on share sale.
ONGC is required to subsidise in part the sale of fuel to state-run retailers, who sell fuel at state-controlled, below market prices.
Its quarterly profits missed street estimates on higher subsidy payouts.
Analysts have said a delay in a decision on sharing of subsidies among oil companies and the government could discourage investors from ONGC’s stock offer.
Sharma added that he expected the government to decide on a two-for-one stock split soon for ONGC shares, which he has proposed to make them more attractive to investors.
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First Published: Wed, Dec 01 2010. 01 24 PM IST
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