PSU disinvestment can be your investment
PSU stocks, especially of large government-owned firms are usually considered a safe bet that not only yield good returns but also have marginal risks. But should you put your money in ‘sarkari’ firms at a time when the government is eyeing high valuations for its stake to help plug its unsustainable fiscal deficit?
Disinvestment in two firms has already been put off because merchant bankers advising the deals were not confident of selling the shares at the high price being sought by the government. The 10 per cent initial public offer by Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd had to be put off, while the government has been unable to find merchant bankers for the 9.33 per cent stake sale in MMTC Ltd and has extended the deadline for applications for a third time now.
Though price discovery is yet to take place in RINL as the steel maker is unlisted, the government wanted to fix the price band for the IPO at the book value of 22.50 per share as against the advice of fixing it at R 15 to R 17 by the bankers. Meanwhile, MMTC, with a public float of just