National Thermal Power Corporation stake dilution has no impact on rating: Standard & Poor's
The S&P's retained its BBB- rating on NTPC (at par with sovereign rating of the country).
The government is diluting 9.5 per cent of its stake in the largest power company today through an offer for sale route and is likely to mop up over Rs 12,000 crore. After the share sale, the government stake will be down to 75 per cent.
"We expect the government to remain NTPC's majority shareholder and the power ministry to retain administrative control over the board.
"Therefore, at this stage, we believe that the reduction in the government shareholding in NTPC to 75 per cent from 84.5 per cent will not change our assessment of the company's "very strong" link with the government.
"Our view is based on our criteria for assessing government-related entities. In addition, we don't expect any change in the company's 'very important' public policy role as the country's largest power utility," S&P said in a note issued from Singapore.
Earlier in the day, the government launched an OFS route to divest 9.5 per cent of its holding in the company. The floor or the minimum offer price has been set at Rs 145
apiece, which is a 4.5 per cent discount to its Wednesday's close.
At 1430 hrs the NTPC counter was trading down 2.8 per cent at Rs 148.15 on the BSE.
At the floor price of Rs 145, NTPC stake sale could garner over
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