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Govt garners Rs 17,000 crore from CPSE ETF follow on offer

Devdiscourse News Desk New Delhi
Updated: 30-11-2018 19:18 IST

The government has garnered more than Rs 17,000 crore from the CPSE ETF follow-on offer, the biggest ever fundraising from an exchange-traded fund domestically.

The offer attracted around Rs 25,000 crore worth of bids from FPIs, domestic institutions and retail investors in the follow-on fund offer (FFO) of CPSE ETF, which closed Friday.

The CPSE ETF had a base issue size of Rs 8,000 crore, with a green-shoe option to retain additional subscription of Rs 6,000 crore. The total issue size was Rs 14,000 crore.

The government had hit the markets with the fourth tranche of CPSE ETF on November 27. Anchor investors had put in bids worth Rs 13,300 crore, which was 5.5 times the shares reserved for them, on the first day of the issue.

"Over Rs 25,000 crore worth subscription through about 95,000 applications have come in at the close of market hours. Final calculations are going on for bids. We will retain a little over Rs 17,000 crore from the CPSE ETF FFO," an official told PTI.

Of the Rs 25,000 crore worth bids, about Rs 17,000 crore has come in from foreign portfolio investors (FPIs). Retail investors have put in about Rs 1,200 crore worth of bids through 93,000 applications.

Provident fund body EPFO has put in Rs 1,500 crore worth bids for the ETF FFO, the official said.

Although the planned issue size was Rs 14,000 crore, the government decided to retain over-subscription to the extent of Rs 17,000 crore.

The official said there was scope for retaining more over-subscription, but that could have meant that government stake in some CPSEs falling to 53 per cent.

The CPSE ETF comprises of shares of the 11 state-run companies including ONGC, Coal India, IOC, Oil India, PFC, REC, Bharat Electronics.

NTPC, SJVN, NLC and NBCC are the new entrants in the ETF basket.

CPSE ETF was set up in 2014 and the government has so far sold a stake in the basket through three tranches, thereby raising Rs 11,500 crore-Rs 3,000 crores from the first tranche in March 2014, Rs 6,000 crore in January 2017 and Rs 2,500 crore from the third in March 2017.

Through the two tranches of Bharat 22 ETF, the government had mopped up Rs 14,500 crore in November 2017, and Rs 8,400 crore in June 2018.

The government has mopped up over Rs 15,000 crore so far this fiscal through PSU disinvestment, which includes about Rs 5,300 crore from Coal India share sale, Rs 1,700 crore from IPOs of four PSUs -- RITES, IRCON, MIDHANI and Garden Reach Shipbuilders.

The budgeted target from PSU disinvestment is Rs 80,000 crore for the current fiscal.

(With inputs from agencies.)