The central government on Friday concluded the strategic sale of Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) to a consortium of four ports, a move that would help it meet the Rs 80,000-crore disinvestment target set for the current financial year.
These ports are Vishakapatnam Port Trust, Paradeep Port Trust, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, and Deendayal Port Trust.
A share-purchase agreement was signed between the central government and the four ports on Friday. The government held 73.47 per cent equity stake in the company.
The transaction was concluded at a premium price per share of around Rs 510, vis-à-vis Friday’s closing price of the company of Rs 437 per share.
The government’s stake was valued at around Rs 1,050 crore. Rajeev Shah, managing director at RBSA Advisors, said: “This is a win-win transaction, wherein the acquisition will facilitate the linkage of dredging activities with the ports. The co-sharing of facilities between DCIL as well as ports is expected to lead to savings for ports. On the other hand, the deal was concluded at a premium, resulting in better realisation for the government.” RBSA Advisors had acted as the transaction advisor to the government.
Of 73.47 per cent, the Vishakapatnam Port Trust bought 19.47 per cent, Paradeep Port Trust 18 per cent, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust 18 per cent and Deendayal Port Trust 18 per cent.
Further, the Securities and Exchange Board of India granted exemption to the consortium of ports from making an open offer in line with the requirements of Regulations 3 and 4 of the Takeover Regulations.
According to its disinvestment programme, the government has made strategic disinvestment in its companies by asking other CPSEs to buy out its stake. Besides, sale of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation to the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation in January 2018, Power Finance Corporation would be taking over Rural Electrical Corporation in the current year.
The government has budgeted Rs 80,000 crore as disinvestment proceeds in the central public sector enterprises during the current fiscal. It has already raised about Rs 56,000 crore from issue of exchange traded funds (ETFs), IPOs, share buybacks and other sources.