Coal India shares to begin trade around 4 Nov

Coal India shares to begin trade around 4 Nov

Hong Kong/Mumbai: Shares in state-run Coal India, which plans to raise up to $3 billion in what would be the country’s largest initial public offering, will begin trading on or around 4 November, according to a term sheet obtained by Reuters.

The Coal India offering is the biggest of several share sales in the pipeline for an Indian market enjoying a rally fuelled by foreign fund inflows that have topped $18 billion this year, including more than $5 billion in September alone.

The 30-share BSE index is up 11% this month, its best showing in 16 months.

Proceeds from Coal India’s offer, part of the government’s plan to divest stakes in roughly 60 companies over the next few years, will be used to help reduce India’s fiscal deficit.

Another state firm, Power Grid Corp, will launch a share sale by the second week of November to raise up to $1.9 billion.

Coal India is selling roughly 631.6 million shares, or 10% of the company, and will set a price range on or around 13 October before opening order books on Oct. 18 and setting the final issue price on or around 23 October, according to the term sheet.

Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Kotak Mahindra Capital, Enam Securities, Deutsche Bank, and Bank of America-Merrill Lynch are the managers on the offering.