Hindustan Copper tanks 20% on stake sale day, market cap down Rs. 5,000 crore

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MUMBAI – Shares of Hindustan Copper tanked 20 per cent to hit its lower circuit limit on a day the government sold its 4 per cent stake at huge discount of 41 per cent over its previous close.

The stock opened on a weak note on the BSE and then slumped 20 per cent and got stuck at Rs. 213.05.

In a similar move, on the National Stock Exchange the share opened weak and then fell 20 per cent to hit its lower circuit limit of Rs. 212.95.

“Although HCL is the only vertically integrated copper producer in India, the stock is currently trading at an

expensive valuation due to low free float (0.41 per cent of its market cap). Even at a floor price of Rs. 155… is

expensive compared to its peers,” Angel Broking said in a research note.

Kick-starting its disinvestment programme, the government today sold its 4 per cent stake in Hindustan Copper.

A total of 3,89,12,793 shares, worth Rs. 603.14 crore, were bid for at the close of trading hours, according to data available from the stock exchanges.

A total of 3,70,08,720 shares, or 4 per cent stake, were put on offer in the first tranche.

The shares were offered at Rs. 155 apiece, a 41 per cent discount to yesterday’s closing price of Hindustan Copper (HCL) on BSE, Rs. 25.

Following the slump in the share price, the market capitalisation of the company shrunk by a whopping Rs. 4,925 crore to Rs. 19,711 crore, in just a single trading session.

The market worth of the company stood at Rs. 24,636 crore yesterday.

The government plans to sell up to 9.59 per cent of its 99.59 per cent stake in the company through the offer for sale route, if it feels the response is good. 

Stake sale in marks the beginning of the government’s disinvestment plan which is targeting Rs. 30,000 crore in this fiscal year (2012-13).

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