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Cabinet to approve split in ONGC stock

The government is likely to approve a split in ONGC stock and issue of bonus shares at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs this evening.

business Updated: Dec 01, 2010 13:18 IST

The government is likely to approve a split in ONGC stock and issue of bonus shares at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday evening.

ONGC shares of Rs 10 each will be split into two shares of Rs 5 each, sources in the know of the development said.

Besides, 1:1 bonus issue (1 share for every share held) will also be considered as a prelude to the company's follow-on public (FPO) slated in March 2011.

"Wait for some time, you will get to hear something (by evening)," ONGC chairman and managing director R S Sharma told reporters in New Delhi.

State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) had suggested to the government that the company's stock be split ahead of a planned follow-on public offering in March.

The government, which plans to sell 5% of its shares through FPO, expects to mop-up Rs 10,800 crore.

Post offer, the government shareholding in ONGC would come down to 69.14% from current 74.14%.

ONGC had appointed two international auditors--DeGolyer and MacNaughton and Gaffney, Cline and Associates - to certify its oil and gas reserves.

ONGC, which usually gets its reserves audited every five years, is getting a certification in the third year because of the planned FPO.