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Default NTPC stake sale to boost market sentiment: Analysts

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved five and 10 per cent disinvestments in NTPC and SJVNL respectively.

"The government is confident about the recovery in market and the economy, that is why it is going ahead with its divestment plans. The market is expected to react positively to the news and it indicates a rally in the days ahead," Geojit BNP Paribas Research Head Alex Mathew said.

Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund Equities Head Krishna Sanghvi said, "The government has reaffirmed that it is prone to adopt a more liberalised economic policy and is committed to increase investors' wealth. However, the move would not add any value to the company's position."

Marketmen believe a follow-on public offer (FPO) of NTPC, the second most valued public sector unit with a market capitalisation of over Rs 1.77 lakh crore, would help increase trading volumes at the counter.

"PSU generally have less volume and low volatility. The market would now look at the issue price of the FPO and an increase in demand would help to shore up supply," SMC Global Vice President Rajesh Jain said.

Meanwhile, Unicon Financial's Chief Executive Gajendra Nagpal said although the stake dilution would increase liquidity in the scrip and help reduce the fiscal deficit of the economy, it would act as a dampener on the.

"A standalone impact on NTPC stock would be somewhat negative as a fresh issue would increase supply which would, in turn, lead to a fall in price. However, we need to await the entire structure of the issue for further clarity," he added.

NTPC shares are currently trading around Rs 216 a share levels. Given the current market conditions, the company would be able to mop up around Rs 8,500 crore through the stake sale.

Mathews said the NTPC scrip is fairly valued at present and the price for the follow on public offer is likely to be set at a discount to the market price.

After five per cent stake dilution, the government's holding in NTPC would come down to 84.5 per cent from the current 89.5 per cent.

"The issue would be priced closer to the prevailing market price and not at a premium. That would attract more number of retail interest," Sanghvi added.
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