New Delhi: The sale of government's up to five percent stake in IRCTC got oversubscribed on the first day of the offer, with institutional investors putting in bids worth Rs 3,800 crore. Proceeds from IRCTC OFS will add to the disinvestment kitty of the government, which has already raised Rs 28,383 crore from CPSE stake sale so far, this fiscal year against the full year budget target of Rs 65,000 crore. The government holds 67.40 percent stake in IRCTC.
In the two-day offer-for-sale (OFS), the government is selling four crore shares or five percent stake in Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) at a floor price of Rs 680 a share. The OFS consists of base issue size of two crore shares or 2.5 percent stake, with an option to retain oversubscription of similar amount.
As much as 10 percent of the issue is reserved for retail investors, for whom bidding would open on Friday.
On Thursday, bids for over 5.55 crore shares, representing 3.08 times the base issue size of 1.80 crore shares were put in by institutional investors. Calculated on the basis of the floor price, the bids would be valued at about Rs 3,800 crore.
Shares of IRCTC settled at Rs 689.20 apiece, down by 6.19 percent over the previous close on the BSE. During the day, the scrip touched a low of Rs 687, but held above the OFS floor price of Rs 680. The floor price was at a discount of 7 percent over Wednesday's closing price of Rs 734.70.
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