Sunday, 22 May 2011

SAIL FPO likely by June 14, to seek Sebi nod by month-end

SAIL FPO likely by June 14, to seek Sebi nod by month-end
The much-awaited Rs 8,000 crore follow-on public offer (FPO) of state-run Steel Authority of India (SAIL) is likely to hit the capital markets by around June 14, while the steelmaker would file the prospectus for the issue by the end of this month.
"Red Herring Prospectus (RHP) is expected to be filed by the end of this month, while the FPO would hit the market around June 14.

SAIL Chairman CS Verma last month had said that the FPO would hit the markets in early June.

The FPO of SAIL, in which the government holds a little over 85%, has failed to meet deadlines repeatedly since December last year due to unfavourable market conditions and problems with merchant bankers.
According to the Bombay Stock Exchange data, the shares of SAIL have declined by about 19% since January and today also it closed at Rs 152.25 apiece on the BSE.
SAIL is also expecting that its RHP would be cleared by the market regulator Sebi on a fast track basis as it fulfils the criteria of having continuous profits in last three years and a turnover or market capitalisation of over Rs 50,000 crore.
However, delay in SAIL's FPO thwarted the achievement of the government's divestment target for the previous fiscal and it could only raise over Rs 22,000 crore against the target of mopping up Rs 40,000 crore through stake sale in state-owned firms.
The government has set a target to raise Rs 40,000 crore through disinvestment in state-run firms in the current fiscal as well.
The government plans to go for disinvestment in SAIL in two phases. In the first phase, it plans to raise Rs 4,000 crore by divesting five% government stake, while the company will raise fresh equity of the same proportion.
In the second phase that is yet to be announced, another 10% stake sale would be undertaken by SAIL through the FPO route.
At present, the government holds a stake of a little over 85% in SAIL. Post-FPO, its equity in the company is expected to go down to about 69%.

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