India is said to consider merging two state-owned power lenders


India is said to consider merging two state-owned power lenders

India is considering a proposal to combine two state-run lenders to utilities, REC Ltd. and Power Finance Corp., according to people familiar with the discussions, as it seeks to raise funds to bridge a budget gap.

The first phase of the deal will see REC acquiring a majority stake in Power Finance valued at $2.5 billion possibly by the year ending March 2019, the people said, asking not to be named as the talks aren’t public. Subsequently, the plan is to merge the subsidiary with REC, a departure from the original plan to keep their operations separate. Power Finance had a market value of 268.8 billion rupees ($3.8 billion) on Tuesday.

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