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Govt to sell 10% stake in Hindustan Copper


The government will sell up to 10 per cent stake in Hindustan Copper through an offer for sale (OFS) in a move that would help the exchequer garner about ₹1,120 crore in divestment receipts. The government will sell 5 per cent or 48.3 million shares in the copper miner at ₹116 per share on Thursday and Friday. The floor price has been set at a 7 per cent discount to the closing price of the stock on Wednesday. The OFS also includes a greenshoe option to sell an additional 5 per cent shareholdi­ng of the public sector undertakin­g (PSU). The entire 10 per cent sale could fetch the government around ₹1,122 crore at the set floor price, and would bring down the sovereign’s shareholdi­ng in the state-owned company to 62.76 per cent. The offer would open for institutio­nal investors on Thursday, and a minimum of 25 per cent of offer shares shall be reserved for mutual funds and insurance companies subject to receipt of valid bids at or above the floor price of Rs 116. In case of under subscripti­on, the unsubscrib­ed portion shall be available to other bidders in non-retail category. The offer would open on Friday for retail investors.

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