India govt set to raise $330 mn from NBCC stake sale
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Government today looked set to raise about Rs 2,200 crore from sale of its 15 per cent stake in NBCC after retail investors grabbed 82 per cent of their allotted quota, with institutional investors making up for the small shortfall.

As many as 9 crore shares in the state-owned construction company were offered over two days at a floor price of Rs 246.50. Institutional investors had yesterday bid for 11.08 crore as against 7.2 crore reserved for them.

Retail investors, for whom bidding opened today, put in bids for 1.4 crore, or 81.8 per cent of 1.8 crore shares reserved for them, according to stock exchange data.

As per the terms of the Offer for Sale, any unsubscribed portion of retail segment can be allocated to excess bids by institutional investors.

Retail investors are being given 5 per cent discount to the share allotment price. Any unsubscribed portion of the retail category will be allocated to the un-allotted bids of institutional buyers who have chosen to carry forward their bids.

In the secondary market, the stock of NBCC slipped near 4 per cent to Rs 241.30.

The government holds 90 per cent in the company. The sale will help the firm meet Sebi norms that mandated PSUs to have a minimum public holding of 25 per cent.

Further, the offer will also be open to subscription by NBCC employees after 12 weeks of completion of the offer for sale (OFS).

The stake sale is part of the government's Rs 56,600-crore disinvestment programme for the current fiscal.

So far this fiscal, the government has raised Rs 6,414 crore through OFS and buyback of equities.

NBCC is the third disinvestment through the OFS route by the government in the current fiscal. It had sold 7 per cent stake in Hindustan Copper to raise Rs 400 crore in September and 11.36 per cent in NHPC in April to garner Rs 2,716 crore.

The Cabinet had in July this year cleared disinvestment in the project management consultancy and real estate development company.

NBCC was listed on the bourses in 2012 when the government diluted 10 per cent stake to raise Rs 127 crore.

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