Next tranches of CPSE, Bharat 22 ETFs likely in March quarter

The CPSE ETF was launched for the first time in March 2014. Thereafter, five tranches were offered in January 2017, March 2017, November 2018, March 2019, and July 2019.

NEW DELHI : The finance ministry is likely to come out with the next tranches of CPSE and Bharat-22 exchange-traded funds (ETF) in the previous quarter of the current financial year in its efforts to meet ambitious disinvestment target of over 1 trillion.

Based on the realisation of the disinvestment process in the three quarters, the decision on the next tranches of the ETFs would be taken during the January-March quarter, sources said.

Accordingly, the quantum will be fixed as to how much to raise through the ETF mode to meet the target set for the current financial year, the sources added.

The CPSE ETF was launched for the first time in March 2014. Thereafter, five tranches were offered in January 2017, March 2017, November 2018, March 2019, and July 2019.

The ETF invests in 11 public sector companies, including ONGC, Coal India, Indian Oil Corporation, Oil India, GAIL, Engineers India Ltd and Container Corporation of India.

The government raised 11,500 crore from the last tranche of CPSE ETF floated in July.

Another ETF, Bharat-22, introduced in 2017, has helped the government mop up about 40,000 crore from this.

The fourth tranche of this ETF floated in October was oversubscribed 12 times over base issue size of 2,000 crore. However, the government decided to retain 4,368 crore from the offer.

The central public sector enterprises that are part of the Bharat-22 ETF include ONGC, IOC, SBI, BPCL, Coal India and Nalco.

Bharat Electronics, Engineers India, NBCC, NTPC, NHPC, SJVNL, GAIL, PGCIL, NLC India, Axis Bank, ITC, REC, PFC, Bank of Baroda, Indian Bank and L&T are other constituents.

Only three public sector banks — SBI, Indian Bank and Bank of Baroda — figure in the Bharat-22 index.

The government has set a target of mobilising 1.05 trillion from disinvestment proceeds and achieving this has become more critical after it doled out 1.45 trillion stimulus by way of a cut in corporate tax in September.

The proceeds from disinvestment will be critical for the government to stick to its target of keeping fiscal deficit at 3.3% of the gross domestic product in the current financial year.

Last month, the Cabinet approved a new process of strategic disinvestment with a view to expediting privatisation of select public sector undertakings.

The Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave nod for sale of 53.29% government stake in Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd and its 63.75% stake in Shipping Corporation of India, 30% in Container Corporation of India, 100% NEEPCO and 75% in THDC.

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