UPDATE 1-BG offloads Gujarat Gas stake for $470 mln
* Buyer is India's state-run company Gujarat State Petroleum Corp
* Sale priced at 295 rupees per share
* Deal brings BG's disposals to $4 bln as part of $5 bln programme
LONDON/MUMBAI Oct 3 (Reuters) - BG Group said it agreed to sell its majority stake in western India-based Gujarat Gas for $470 million to a unit owned by India's state-run Gujarat State Petroleum Corp (GSPC), as part of the British oil firm's disposal programme.
The offloading of a 65 percent stake in Gujarat Gas, a gas distribution firm active in western India, meant BG had now agreed disposals worth $4 billion, edging it closer to a $5 billion target, the company said on Wednesday.
In February, BG announced plans to sell off assets in downstream distribution and power generation to enable it to channel resources into more lucrative upstream oil and gas production projects.
The sale was priced at 295 rupees per Gujarat Gas share, a 12 percent discount to the closing price on Wednesday, a banker who advised on the deal told Reuters.
Under Indian stock market rules, GSPC will have to make a mandatory open offer for a minimum of 26 percent of Gujarat Gas.
The deal is expected to complete during the first half of next year, BG said.
Citi advised BG, while Rothschild advised GSPC.
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