BPCL or Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited shares dropped nearly 5 per cent on Tuesday, a day after the government said it received multiple bids for privatisation of the country’s second largest fuel retailer. Bharat Petroleum shares dropped by Rs 20.35 – or 4.93 per cent – to Rs 392.35 apiece on the BSE during Tuesday’s session, reversing direction after opening stronger at Rs 415.95 compared to their previous close of Rs 412.70. (Track Bharat Petroleum Shares)
– Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) November 16, 2020
At 1:36 pm, BPCL shares traded 3.71 per cent lower at Rs 397.40 apiece, underperforming the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex index which was up 0.61 per cent.
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“Strategic disinvestment of BPCL progresses: Now moves to the second stage after multiple expressions of interest have been received,” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Twitter.
The transaction advisors for the sale of government’s 52.98 per cent stake in Bharat Petroleum have reported receiving “multiple expressions of interest”, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) Secretary Tuhin Kanta Pandey said. “The transaction will move to the second stage after scrutiny by TA (transaction advisor),” he said.
At Friday’s closing price of Rs 412.70, the government’s entire 52.98 per cent stake in Bharat Petroleum Corporation is worth Rs 47,430 crore.
Any buyer will have to make an open offer for also purchasing another 26 per cent from the public, which would cost Rs 23,276 crore.
Privatisation of BPCL is essential for the government in order to meet its record disinvestment target of Rs 2.1 lakh crore in the current financial year.
BPCL is the country’s second-largest oil marketing company with a standalone domestic sales volume of more than 43 million tonnes, and a market share of 22 per cent.
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