Mar 01, 2012, 03.41 PM IST
Close on the heels of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), the oil ministry has indicated that now Oil India would be the next candidate for divestment, CNBC-TV18 has learnt.
While the 5% stake sale of ONGC via auction route is in progress today, Oil India too will follow trend. However, there is no word from the department of divestment as of now.
Sources in the know say there could be a 10% divestment, if done via auction route for Oil India which can fetch upto Rs 3,000 crore to the government.
Divestment of PSUs is important for the government to help it control the budget deficit, which is widely expected to overshoot the targeted 4.6% of gross domestic product this fiscal year through March by as much as one percentage point.
The government aims to narrow the deficit to 3.5% by March 2014, but heavy subsidies to artificially lower food, fertilizer and fuel prices and shield the poor from inflation have cast doubts over the government's ability to stick to its fiscal consolidation plan.
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Oil India stock price
On December 06, 2013, at 13:15 hrs Oil India was quoting at Rs 461.70, down Rs 0.4, or 0.09 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 629.70 and the 52-week low was Rs 415.00.
The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 53.52 per share as per the quarter ended September 2013. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 8.63. The latest book value of the company is Rs 319.59 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 1.44.
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