Cross holdings may be a factor for BPCL

Cross holdings may be a factor for BPCL

Even as the Union government has approved the strategic disinvestment of BPCL, investors have to contend with the complex maze of cross holdings of state-owned energy companies. This has a bearing on dividend income and the computation of fair value.

According to Capitaline data, ‘other income’ as a percentage of profit before tax of the oil marketing companies ranged between 13 per cent and 28 per cent last fiscal. The Street typically discounts 20-30 per cent as holding company discount to the listed investment to compute fair value.

OMC stakes in other energy companies are in the range of 2 per cent to 22 per cent. BPCL holds 12.5 per cent in Petronet LNG, 22.5 per cent in Indraprastha Gas and 2.47 per cent in Oil India.

The cumulative value of BPCL’s listed investments is ?12,095 crore as on Thursday. In case BPCL chooses to offload them, the result would be an excess supply of these stocks, depressing prices. Read More

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