State-owned Engineers India Ltd’s(EIL) Rs. 658.80 crore share buyback will open on July 25 and close on August 7.
According to a regulatory notice by lead manager IDBI Capital Markets and Securities Ltd, EIL plans to acquire 4.19 crore shares at a price of Rs. 157 through the share buyback offer.
EIL shares closed at Rs. 164.95 on BSE on Friday.
“The maximum number of equity shares proposed to be bought back represents 6.23 per cent of the total number of equity shares in the issued, subscribed and paid—up equity share capital of the company,” the notice said.
The board of directors of EIL had on March 20, 2017 approved share buyback. Shareholders approved the proposal through postal ballot in June.
“The funds for the buyback will be met out of internally generated cash resources of the company,” the notice said.
The government holds 57.02 per cent stake in EIL and has “expressed its intention vide its letter dated March 20, 2017 to participate in the buyback and tender up to 4.19 crore equity shares“.
Share buyback is the acquisition by a company of its own shares. The objective is to return surplus cash to shareholders.
The government has encouraged cash—surplus PSUs to go for share buybacks to meet its disinvestment target. For the current 2017—18 fiscal, it has set a target of raising Rs. 72,500 crore through minority sales, strategic disinvestments as well as through listing of state—owned insurance companies.
EIL is a Navratna public sector unit under the administrative control of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.