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Citigroup reduces stake in Castrol India, nets a handsome amount

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Castrol India (click here to view this on our SNAP Analytics Tool) part of the Castrol Limited UK (part of BP Group) has one of the largest manufacturing and marketing networks amongst lubricant companies in India. The company has three manufacturing plants located at Silvassa, Patalganga and Paharpur. The company markets automotive lubricants under two brands – Castrol and BP.

Castrol is the world leading manufacturer, distributor and marketer of premium lubricating oils, greases and related services to automotive, industrial, marine, aviation, oil exploration and production customers across the world.

The company is headquartered in the UK and operates directly in over 40 countries, and employing approximately 7,000 staff worldwide.

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While Castrol UK’s sale of 56,874,538 shares representing 11.5% of the share capital last week fetched 2 buyers i.e. Government of Singapore at 3,522,648 shares representing 0.71% and Citigroup Global Markets at 6,300,000 shares representing 1.27%, it still remains a mystery as to who the buyer or buyers of the remaining 4,7051,890 shares were.

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In a surprising move, Citigroup sold 2,688,898 shares representing 0.54% (almost half its earlier purchase) at a price of Rs. 374.86/- (its purchase price was at Rs. 365/-) and has handsomely netted a 2 Cr. profit on selling this part stake alone. It continues to hold (no disclosures have been submitted by the company yet) the remaining 3,611,102 shares or 0.73%.

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