It had last sold 5% stake in the steel CPSE in December 2014
New Delhi: The government is planning to sell 5% stake in Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) through an offer for sale, which could fetch about ₹1,000 crore to the exchequer, an official said.
Officials from the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) and steel ministry are planning roadshows in Singapore and Hong Kong for SAIL stake sale. However, the Hong Kong roadshow might be called off due to coronavirus outbreak.
The government holds 75% stake in SAIL. It had last sold 5% stake in the steel CPSE in December 2014.
"We are looking at a 5% stake sale via offer for sale (OFS), but we will assess investor demand in the roadshows," an official said.
At the current market price, the government may raise about ₹1,000 crore by selling 5% stake in the company. Shares of SAIL closed at ₹48.65 apiece on Friday, down 0.51% over previous close on the BSE.
The government may look at completing the transaction in the current fiscal as it strives to achieve the ₹65,000 crore disinvestment target set in the revised estimates.
So far this fiscal, ₹34,000 crore has been mopped up from CPSE stake sale and the remaining ₹31,000 crore has to come in by March-end.
For 2020-21, the government has budgeted to collect ₹1.20 lakh crore from CPSE stake sale.