‘Bharat 22’ ETF to raise over Rs 8,000 crore; to open on November 15

The ‘Bharat 22’ Exchange Traded Fund (ETF), comprising 22 scrips of public sector units, will hit the capital market next month to mop up over Rs 8,000 crore for the government.

The new fund offer (NFO), managed by ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, will open for anchor investors on November 14, while subscription for retail investors would begin from November 15 and continue till November 17.

An upfront discount of 3 percent would be offered to all category of investors, the fund house said.

“Approvals are in place. It is likely to open for retail subscription on November 15,” said a Finance Ministry official.

The ETF will help the government meet its ambitious Rs 72,500 crore disinvestment target for the current fiscal.

The state-owned companies or PSUs that are part of the new ETF are ONGC, IOC, SBI, BPCL, Coal India and Nalco.

It also includes government’s strategic holding in Axis Bank, ITC and L&T held through SUUTI (Specified Undertaking of Unit Trust of India).

The other Central Public Sector Enterprises on the list are Bharat Electronics, Engineers India, NBCC, NTPC, NHPC, SJVNL, GAIL, PGCIL and NLC India.

Only three public sector banks — SBI, Indian Bank and Bank of Baroda — figure in the Bharat-22 index.

The government had raised about Rs 8,500 crore through the two tranches of CPSE ETF last fiscal.

It had first launched ETF in March 2014 and had garnered Rs 3,000 crore. The first CPSE ETF consisted of scrips of 10 PSUs — ONGC, Coal India, IOC, GAIL (India), Oil India, PFC, Bharat Electronics, REC, Engineers India and Container Corporation of India.

Source: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/companies/bharat-22-etf-to-raise-over-rs-8000-cr-to-open-on-nov-15-2423663.html

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