State-run Coal India Ltd is likely to hit the market by the third week of October with India’s largest ever public offer to raise up to Rs 15,000 crore. The government is disinvesting 10 per cent of its stake in Coal India (CIL), the world’s largest coal miner, through the IPO.
“As of now, it seems that CIL initial public offer will open on October 18 and closes on October 21. The 10 per cent disinvestment will see the government raising Rs 12,000- 15,000 crore,” a person in the know of the development told PTI.
The blue-print of the IPO was finalised last evening at a meeting between Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal. The meeting was also attended by Additional Secretary Coal Alok Perti and Department of Disinvestment Secretary Sumit Bose and Coal India Chairman P S Bhattacharyya, the source said. Coal India, the largest global coal miner, sells the dry fuel 50 per cent cheaper at around USD 25 a tonne than the prices prevailing in the international market