Shares of Gujarat Industries Power rallied 17% to Rs 89 on the BSE in today’s intraday trade, while Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals and Gujarat Alkalies surged over 10%. GSPL, GNFC, Gujarat Gas, and GMDC also rose up to 8%.
With this new policy of compulsory dividends and bonus shares, the state aims to add to the valuation of Gujarat’s PSUs. All 7 listed PSUs of Gujarat are making profits.
The state government has mandated a minimum 30% of profit after tax or 5% of net worth, whichever is higher, to be a minimum level of dividend declared for shareholders. However, only the minimum and maximum permissible levels of dividend should be declared.
For the buyback of shares, as per the new policy, every state PSU having a net worth of at least Rs 2,000 crore and cash & bank balance of Rs 1,000 crore has been mandated to exercise the option to buy back their own shares.
In the case of bonus shares, state PSUs that have defined reserve and surplus equal to or more than 10 times their paid-up equity share capital are required to issue bonus shares to their shareholders.
In the case of share-splits, Gujarat has mandated splitting of shares where the market price or book value of state PSUs’ shares exceeds 50 times of its value, provided its existing face value is over Rs 1.”Fantastic step by Gujarat Government in formulating policies for dividend, buy back, bonus & splitting of shares for state PSUs. These policies give clarity to minority shareholders & improve governance,” said Nilesh Shah, MD of Kotak Mutual Fund in a tweet.
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