Sep 13, 2013, 09.43 PM IST | Source: CNBC-TV18

Setback for Vedanta; Mines Min opposes Hind Zinc stake sale

CNBC-TV18's Anshu Sharma reports that the mines ministry has once again cited the law ministry’s views, that a stake sale is not tenable unless the act is amended.

Attorney General Goolam Vahanvati may have paved the way for the sale of the government’s residual stake in Hindustan Zinc to Vedanta, but the Mines Ministry has written a fresh letter to the Prime Minister’s Office, opposing any further stake sale without amending the Metals Corporation Act of 1976.

CNBC-TV18’s Anshu Sharma reports that the ministry has once again cited the law ministry’s views - a stake sale is not tenable unless the act is amended.

This comes as a setback to Vedanta, which has already taken shareholder approval for purchasing the balance government stake in HZL and Balco for a sum of Rs 25,000 crore.

Unless this objection is overcome, the government’s intent of mopping up revenue through this sale is unlikely to fructify any time soon.

Hind Zinc stock price

On April 17, 2014, Hindustan Zinc closed at Rs 131.60, up Rs 2.50, or 1.94 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 141.80 and the 52-week low was Rs 94.00.


The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 17.01 per share as per the quarter ended December 2013. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 7.74. The latest book value of the company is Rs 76.39 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 1.72.

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