Hindustan Petroleum to Acquire MRPL in Share-Swap Deal

Source Press Release
Company Hindustan PetroleumMangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals LtdONGC 
Tags Deal Rumours, Refining & Marketing Activities
Date October 31, 2017

(Livemint): Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd (HPCL) is likely to acquireMangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) in a share-swap deal to become India’s second-largest oil refiner. The merger is likely to take place after  ONGC, country’s biggest oil and gas explorer, completes acquisition of HPCL in an all-cash deal by December or January, officials in know of the development said.

MRPL is a subsidiary of Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd (ONGC). At present, ONGC owns 71.63% stake in MRPL while HPCL has 16.96%. Once  ONGC acquires 51.11% stake in HPCL, India’s third-largest refiner, for about Rs35,000 crore, it will have two refinery subsidiaries - HPCL and MRPL. “It does not make economic sense to have two separate subsidiaries for the same business. And so the logical move would be to integrate MRPL with HPCL,” an official said.

The government is selling its entire 51.11% holding in HPCL to ONGC for all-cash. HPCL will become a subsidiary of  ONGC after the deal and retain independent board. “HPCL can acquire MRPL either by buying out  ONGC’s shares, which at today’s trading price is worth close to Rs16,800 crore. The other option is share-swap, wherein ONGC will get more shares in HPCL in lieu of it giving up its control in MRPL,” the official said.

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