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NTPC may buy Centre's stake in SJVN, parleys on with HP govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

State-run NTPC is likely to acquire the Central government's stake in SJVN Ltd, but the government has expressed some reservations relating to this transaction, an said.

At the current market price, sale of 63.79 per cent stake in SJVN would fetch the Centre about Rs 6,700 crore.

SJVN is a joint venture between the Centre and the government, with a joint holding of 90.63 per cent.

At the end of September, Centre held 63.79 per cent stake in SJVN, while held 26.85 per cent.

An said the discussions are going on for purchase of Centre's stake in SJVN, but government has some concerns.

"We are looking at NTPC acquiring Centre's share in SJVN. The matter is stuck because of resistance from We are discussing it," the said.

If the acquisition goes through, this would be the third such transaction amongst Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSEs).

In January, bought government's entire 51.11 per cent stake in refiner for Rs 36,915 crore. On Thursday, the Cabinet cleared PFC buying 52.63 per cent stake in REC, for an estimated Rs 15,000 crore.

Shares of SJVN were trading at Rs 26.40, down 1.12 per cent, while NTPC scrip was quoting 0.86 per cent lower at Rs 137.95 over previous close on the BSE.

The government has already mopped up over Rs 32,000 crore from CPSE disinvestment so far in the current fiscal. The budget target has been set at Rs 80,000 crore.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 15:30 IST