Rural Electrification Corp share sale subscribed more than twice | Reuters

A sale of shares in state-run Rural Electrification Corp Ltd(RURL.NS) worth up to $250 million has been subscribed nearly two-and-a-half times, at an indicative price of over 316 rupees each, exchange data showed.

An employee from the electricity board works on newly installed overhead power cables in Allahabad December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash/Files

The share sale is part of New Delhi‘s plan to raise about $11.1 billion through asset sales during the current financial year ending March 2016. The asset sales are crucial to meet a fiscal deficit target of 3.9 percent of GDP for 2015/16 financial year.

The government has missed its divestment target for the past five years. A shortfall in receipts from stake sales and taxes has led to cuts in public spending of about $48 billion in the past three years, slowing economic recovery.

“Given the positive response and sentiment from both global and domestic investors there should be good appetite for quality issues if valuations are attractive,” said Navneet Munot, chief investment officer of SBI Funds Management.

Greater faith in the India’s political leadership and reform process should help government’s divestment drive, he added.

Overseas and domestic portfolio investor demand for REC’s shares exceeded supply, in a vote of confidence of recovery in power starved Asia’s third-largest economy.

via Rural Electrification Corp share sale subscribed more than twice | Reuters.

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