New Delhi: The government’s 5 per cent stake sale in NTPC will not impact the rating of the country’s largest power producer, Moody’s Investors Service said on Tuesday.
NTPC’s rating remains supported by its strategic importance to the Indian economy, given its position as the country’s largest power generation company, Moody’s said in a statement.
Moody’s has a ‘Baa3’ rating on NTPC with a positive outlook.
“We expect the government to maintain its majority stake in the company even after the sale of 5 per cent stake which, as such, does not affect our assessment of sovereign support for NTPC,” said Abhishek Tyagi, VP and senior analyst at Moody’s.
The government is selling 5 per cent stake in NTPC through the two-day offer for sale (OFS) route. After the sale, the government will continue to hold a majority stake of 69.96 per cent in the firm.
NTPC stake sale is part of the government’s disinvestment programme through which it aims to raise Rs. 69,500 crore in the fiscal year ending March 31.
“We will reassess the level of government support incorporated in the company’s ratings only if the government’s shareholding falls below 50 per cent or if there are other indicators of a change in the relationship between the government and NTPC,” Mr Tyagi said.
Moody’s, however, said NTPC’s rating could come under downward pressure if there are unfavourable regulatory developments such as tariff reductions, which could negatively affect the company’s financial position.
Furthermore, a rating downgrade could result if the government reduces its interest in NTPC to below 50 per cent or any indication of weakening government support.