PFC To Pay Entire Rs 14,500 Crore For REC Acquisition On Thursday
The entire amount will be paid by PFC through real-time gross settlement mode, a source privy to the development told PTI.
PFC Chairman and Managing Director Rajeev Sharma will hand over the RTGS advice to Power Minister RK Singh on Thursday to mark the conclusion of this acquisition deal and the money would be transferred to the government's account, the source said.
Earlier on March 20, PFC had inked a share purchase agreement to acquire 103.94 crore equity shares of Rs 10 each of REC.
This deal was in pursuance to the in-principle approval from the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs for strategic sale of 52.63 percent of paid-up equity shareholding of REC held by the government to PFC, along with transfer of management control.
The deal would help the government meet its disinvestment target of Rs 80,000 crore for the current financial year ending on March 31.
Both PFC and REC are Navratna central public sector enterprises with a combined annual revenue of about Rs 50,000 crore and this acquisition is a step towards consolidation of companies operating in the same space.
PFC has bought REC share at Rs 139.50 per piece with total acquisition cost of about Rs 14,500 crore.
This acquisition would enable increased efficiencies in lending processes and policies across both the institutions and would create public value by offering better loan products to the power sector.
The convergence between the entities as combined group entities would help the power sector reap benefits from a decentralised outreach of REC and a professional project finance expertise of PFC. Further, the ensuing diversification of assets of the group as well as portfolio risk would help in resolution of the stressed power sector assets of the group in a better and coordinated manner.