NHPC Buyback

NHPC on 9-11-2018 informed that its Board of Directors shall also consider a proposal for buyback along with the quarterly results on 14-11-18. NHPC Buyback as approved by its BOD comprises buyback of upto 21,42,85,714 fully paid equity shares of the Company at a price of Rs. 28 per share aggregating to about Rs. 600 crore. NHPC Buyback is on a proportionate basis under  “Tender Offer” route. The government held 73.67% stake in NHPC Ltd, as on September 30, 2018.

NHPC Buyback 2018 and 2016
Buyback 2018
Buyback 2017
Announcement of Intent for Buyback9-11-2018
Market price a day before this intent25.05
Market price a day aft this intent26.03
Board meeting for Buyback14-11-1807-02-17
Buy Back Type Tender Offer Tender Offer
Buy Back Price2832.25
Market Price before Board meeting2731.25
Market Price a day after Board meet
% Premium on Market Price3.70%3.20%
Buy Back Size in Rs. Crore6002617
Buy Back Size ( Shares)214,285,714811,347,977
Equity Capital in crore10259.3211070.67
Tot Number of shares10,259,320,51911,070,668,496
Face Value of Share in Rs.1010
Govt Holding in the company 73.67
Individual Holding in compnay4.53%
% Buyback2.09%7.33%
Record Date30-11-1820-02-17
Market Price as on RD for buybackYet to Happen28.3
Market Price on issue Closing DateYet to Happen
Buy Back Issue dateYet to Happen03-03-17: 17-03-17
Indicative Mrkt Pr aft return of Shares27.55
Buyback Shares reserved for Retail 32,142,857121,702,197
No. of Retail Shrholders on RD 821503
No. of Retail Shares on RD BuybackYet to Happen498,996,424
Buyback EntitlementYet to Happen24.39%
No. retail Shareholders who bidYet to Happen28163
Shares Tendered by retailYet to Happen54025794
Tendering ratioYet to Happen10.83%
Retail responseYet to Happen44.39%
Actual Retail AceeptanceYet to Happen100
NHPC Buyback: A Framework to Estimate Acceptance Ratio:

This framework is based on estimation of shareholding of NHPC shareholders  who hold around 7000 number of shares. To this we have added estimates for 
1) Few additional purchase  of Shares by existing shareholders with eye on earning additional returns through buyback.
2) Purchase of Shares by arbitrage investors. 
3) Inputs from last buyback

Based on approximations indicated above, the entitlement ratio for NHPC Buyback is expected to be low.  NHPC Buyback could have an acceptance ratio in the range of 15-25%.

Cross Tabulation of Estimated Returns for NHPC Buyback

The absolute returns/Loss that may accrue to an Investors/Arbitrage trader are a function of Percentage Acceptance Ratio and Price Post Buyback.  Investors may kept in mind that stock markets are quite volatile at this  juncture and there are many political and other uncertainties related to international markets. We have depicted  estimated Absolute Returns in a table form as a function of various possible combinations of Acceptance Ratios and Price Post Buyback.

No. of Shares
Buyback Price28
Abs Returns
MP when Posted26.25
Investment (Rs.)183750
MP aft Buybk
Acceptance %24.52526
CMP (Live)26.15
This post is purely for informative and educational purpose and is in no way suggestive of taking any position in the counter. Profit or Loss in  any buy sell operation in stocks is associated with significant risk of capital loss. For more on Buyback Benefits and other issues please refer the earlier Posts
 Buyback of Shares: A Primer for Retail Investors
About NHPC Limited:
  • NHPC Limited is India’s premier hydro power company and a ‘Mini Ratna’ Category-I Enterprise of the Government of India
  • NHPC Limited is the largest organisation for hydropower development in India, with capabilities to undertake all the activities from conceptualization to commissioning in relation to setting up of hydro projects.
  • NHPC Limited is also planning to take Wind and Tidal wave projects in the country.
  • NHPC Limited presently has an installation base of 7097 MW from 24 hydropower stations on ownership basis including projects taken up in Joint Venture. NHPC Limited is presently engaged in the construction of 2 projects aggregating to a total installed capacity of 2800 MW.
  • NHPC Limited has drawn up an ambitious plan to add about 6,000 MW of hydropower capacity by the end of year 2022.
NHPC : Summary of Financials,  Stock Price Trend


Market Cap ( Rs. Cr.)27,135.85
Earning Per Share ( TTM) 2.42
Price To Earnings (P/E) 10.93
Book Value 23.55
Price To BV1.12
EBIT Margin (%)59.39
PAT Margin (%)39.78
ROCE (%)9.64
Debt to Equity Ratio0.77
NHPC Buyback Share price chart
Assessment: NHPC Buyback
  • NHPC’s has an  established position in India’s hydropower generation.
  • NHPC has been getting consistent support from the GoI in terms of low-cost subordinated debt for some of its projects.
  • Moody’s has upgraded international rating of NHPC from Baa3 positive to Baa2 stable, which is equivalent to sovereign rating of India.
  • NHPC registered a total income of ` 8,425.03 crore and Profit After Tax (PAT) of Rs. 2,758.65 crore in financial year 2017-18 as compared to Rs. 8,728.84 crore and Rs. 2,795.59 crore respectively in the previous year. 
  • NHPC made Cash contribution of Rs. 1,688.17 crore to exchequer through dividend, dividend tax, income tax and wealth tax in the financial year 2017-18.
  • NHPC net profit up 19.62% at Rs 1,218.51 cr in Q2FY19. Revenue rose by 26.6% yoy to Rs2,495cr. EBITDA stood at Rs1,597cr, up 43.2% yoy.
  • NHPC buyback 2017 resulted in 100% acceptance. 
  • With the GoI’s thrust on large scale deployment of solar power, hydropower would be required for grid balancing/stability
  • NHPC is in F&O which can provide some support to share price post buyback.
  • From an arbitrage angle, at present rates and issue size, the returns in  NHPC Buyback may be meager and the share could drift lower tomorrow after  this buyback  announcement.  Q2FY19 Results which are inline  may support the share going forward.
  • These are my estimates only and please do your own diligence in this matter as even what may appear as totally safe arbitrage investments in stock markets have inherent risks.

Standard disclaimer:  I am not a SEBI registered analyst. I may have vested interest in every stock I discuss. Please do your own due diligence as stock market investments have high degree of inherent risk. Further the data in the post is prone to errors.