India’s plan to promote a majority stake within the nation’s second-biggest state refiner has slowed down amid the coronavirus pandemic and different authorities initiatives such because the preliminary public offering of the nation’s greatest insurer, in line with individuals acquainted with the matter.

The discussions with buyers on the stake sale of Bharat Petroleum Corp., from which the federal government might fetch about $6.9 billion, haven’t progressed a lot not too long ago, the individuals stated. The disposal might solely happen as quickly as early subsequent 12 months reasonably than in 2020, one of the individuals stated, asking to not be recognized because the matter is personal.

India has already allowed bidders entry to the monetary information of the refiner in April and a few have held conferences with BPCL administration, Bloomberg News reported in May. The authorities’s 53% stake within the refiner is valued at about Rs 51,500 crore ($6.9 billion) primarily based on Friday’s closing worth.

While discussions have slowed down, the divestment plan isn’t formally stalled and suitors are nonetheless engaged on potential bids, the individuals stated. A consultant for the finance ministry didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark, whereas a consultant for BPCL declined to remark.

While the BPCL privatisation is an element of the nation’s efforts to boost capital to make up the autumn in tax revenues because the pandemic hit the economic system, the administration might nicely produce other priorities together with Life Insurance Corp. of India’s IPO, which might be the nation’s largest-ever.

The authorities final week requested banks to pitch for roles managing LIC’s share sale, including its measurement might be “far larger than any precedent” in Indian markets. The itemizing of the state-owned insurer might occur as quickly as March 2022, Bloomberg News reported in June.

Coronavirus second wave hit India in April, slamming companies and jobs with ensuing lockdowns simply because the economic system started to get better from the preliminary onset of the pandemic final 12 months. The South Asian nation recorded a complete of 413,609 deaths, in line with the newest information collected by Bloomberg News and Johns Hopkins University.

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