Government to divest Nalco shares, aims to generate Rs.600 crore

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The first divestment of this financial year will see the government sell a 10 per cent stake in the National Aluminium Company (Nalco). The move will generate a revenue of around Rs.600 crore, with each share priced at Rs.67.

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Nalco has seen an increase in output, with the divestment opening doors to the public to jump on the bandwagon.

The government currently has a 74.58 per cent stake in Nalco. It will divest five per cent of this stake, with Nalco having the option to divest another five per cent. The government’s five per cent stake will see 9.67 crore shares up for sale.

The combined deal could generate over Rs.1,300 crore. While Nalco shares ended Tuesday at Rs.73.45, they opened at Rs.68.60 today, a drop of six per cent.

Retail investors will be eligible to purchase shares from Thursday, with today’s offer available only to non-retail investors.

Nalco, a Navrathna Central Public Sector Enterprise was set up in 1981, coming under the purview of the Ministry of Mines.

Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister, had in his budget speech stated that the government aims to garner Rs.72,500 crore through divestment in the current financial year.

Financial Year Divestment target (Rs.) crore
2017-2018 Rs.72,500
2016-2017 Rs.56,500
2015-2016 Rs.30,000
2014-2015 Rs.58,425

The government has failed to meet previous targets, generating around Rs.37,000 crore through divestment last year.

The divestment plan for the current financial year could see the government divest shares in the insurance sector, railways, banks, etc.

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