Govt to raise 22,000 cr by selling stake in Axis Bank, ITC; deal to be completed by second week of May

The Union government is reportedly looking to raise Rs 22,000 crore by selling its stake in ITC (7.94 percent) and Axis Bank (4.69 percent), which it holds through the Specified Undertaking of the Unit Trust of India (SUUTI), in a bulk deal on the exchanges, a report by 

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The move would be a part of the central government’s plan to raise Rs 210,000 crore through divestment in state-run companies. It has already sold its entire stake in L&T and among others, Rs 90,000 crore is expected to be raised from partial stake sale in LIC and its subsequent initial public offer, plus equity sale is planned for IDBI Bank, the report added.

SUUTI owns stake in 51 companies for the government, of these stakes in NSDL, STCI Finance, UTI-IAS, North Eastern Development Finance Corporation, Stock Holding Corporation of India, UTI Infrastructure Technology Services, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure and Over-the-counter Exchange of India are significant, it noted.

Shares of ITC and Axis Bank declined on Wednesday after news reports that the central government is looking to sell stake in these companies.

ITC fell as much as 7.6 percent to Rs 160.60 a share, while Axis Bank also declined 5.3 percent to Rs 368 on the BSE.

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