Govt to sell up to 20% stake in IRCTC via OFS; shares plunges 13% 

Govt to sell up to 20% stake in IRCTC via OFS; shares plunges 13% 

Shares of  IRCTC fell 13 percent in Thursday's trade after the government kicked off an offer for sale (OFS) to sell up to 2.40 crore shares or 15 percent of the paid-up equity share capital of IRCTC. The government also proposed an additional share sale of up 80 lakh equity shares of 5 percent of the paid-up equity share capital, in case of oversubscription. 

In total, the base offer size and oversubscription option represent 20 percent of the outstanding equity shares of the company. The floor price of the offer fixed at Rs 1,367 per equity share was a 15.6 percent discount to Wednesday's closing price of Rs 1,618.05. Following the development, the stock fell 13.16 percent to hit a low of Rs 1,405 on BSE.

The stock, however, recovered some lost ground later. The government at present holds an 87.40 percent stake in IRCTC. To meet Sebi's public holding norm, the government has to lower its stake in the company to 75 percent. IRCTC, the only entity authorized by Indian Railways to provide catering services, online railway tickets, and packaged drinking water at railway stations and trains in India, was listed on the stock exchanges in October 2019.

 The company had raised Rs 645 crore through the IPO. The IRCTC share sale will take place on a separate window of the stock exchanges on December 10 and December 11. Only retail investors shall be allowed to place their bids on Decem