HIDCL to issue public shares worth Rs 2 billion

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    KATHMANDU, April 20:

    HIDCLThe Hydroelectricity Investment and Development Company Limited (HIDCL) is preparing to issue ordinary shares worth Rs 2 billion.

    The second annual general meeting (AGM) of the company held on April 8 decided to float 20 million units of shares with face value of Rs 100 each to general public within this fiscal year. 

    Deepak Rauniyar, CEO of HIDCL, said the company had initiated necessary paper works to go public within mid-July.

    “We will soon appoint issue manager and apply at the Securities Board of Nepal (Sebon), seeking permission to issue shares to general public,” added Rauniyar.

    If things go as planned, HIDCL’s IPO is the second largest in the country’s history after the Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project which has applied to issue 25.4 million units of shares Worth Rs 2.54 billion. 

    HIDCL was established by the government to mobilize fund for investment in large scale hydropower projects three years ago. 

    The AGM also approved the HIDCL board decision to change face value of shares to Rs 100 per unit from Rs 1,000 as prescribed in the company’s prospectus.

    “Face value of Rs 1,000 per unit might have been included in the prospectus considering the fact that hydropower projects need big investment. Now, we have lowered it to Rs 100 per unit to cover all types of investors,” added Rauniyar. “The face value was lowered as per the suggestion of Sebon.”

    Niraj Giri, spokesperson for Sebon, said that stock market regulator, suggested to the company to lower face value of shares and fix limit for promoter shares at 70 percent and public shares at 30 percent.

    HIDCL, however, kept share limits for promoters and general public unchanged at 80 percent and 20 percent, respectively.

    The government has invested Rs 5 billion in the company. Likewise, Employees’ Provident Fund, Citizens Investment Trust (CIT) and Rastriya Beema Sansthan have invested Rs 1 billion each. HIDCL has paid-up capital of Rs 10 billion and authorized capital of Rs 50 billion.

    Officials said HIDCL is mulling over appoint CIT as the company’s issue manager.

    “It takes a maximum of 30 days to get Sebon’s permission,” Rauniyar said, adding that Sebon review committee studies the proposal and makes necessary suggestions if required.

    The AGM also decided to distribute 5 percent cash dividend to HIDCL promoters. The company had earned Rs 410 million from interest income in the last fiscal year. It is yet to earn through investments in hydropower projects.

    HIDCL recently decided to invest a total of Rs 2 billion to co-finance Mistri Khola (42 MW), Dordi (27 MW), Khani Khola (30 MW), Solu Khola (23.5 MW) and Kabeli (37.6) projects.

    The company is evaluating two other medium-scale projects to make investment.

    Source : Republica