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State-owned NTPC’s 5 per cent stake sale gets off to a flying start

The government’s 5 per cent stake sale in NTPC got off to a flying start with 86 per cent of shares reserved for institutional investors getting subscribed by afternoon.

The government is selling over 41.22 crore shares or 5 per cent stake in state-run power producer NTPC with an option to retain over-subscription of similar amount. At the floor price of Rs 168 apiece, sale of 5 per cent stake would fetch around Rs 7,000 crore to the exchequer.

In today’s offer for sale (OFS), the government is selling over 32.98 crore shares to institutional buyers. Institutional investors had placed bids for 28.4 crore (28,47,75,011)   shares, or 86 per cent of total size, by 1200 hrs, the NSE data showed.

The OFS issue will open for retail investors tomorrow. However, in secondary market, shares of NTPC fell 3 per cent to Rs 168.15 per scrip on the BSE.

The government has so far raised over Rs 8,800 crore through disinvestment in six companies in this fiscal, including selling a stake in L&T through Specified Undertaking of Unit Trust of India (SUUTI), and one share buyback.

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