BP plc of the UK today sold a further 8.53 per cent stake in its lubricant maker Castrol India to bring its shareholding down to 51 per cent.
BP, which had in May sold 11.5 per cent shares in Castrol India, sold 4.22 crore shares. “As a result of the two sales, BP now holds 51 per cent interest in Castrol India. BP, through Castrol Limited, intends to continue as the majority shareholder in Castrol India,” the company said in a statement. Prior to the sale, BP held 29.38 crore shares or 59.42 per cent stake in Castrol India. It sold 4.22 crore shares or 8.53 per cent, bringing its shareholding down to 50.89 per cent (25.16 crore shares). “BP remains the majority shareholder in Castrol India and we remain committed to long-term investment in India, including both progressing natural gas developments with our partners as well as growing our downstream businesses in the country which include both fuels marketing and lubricants,” BP Group chief executive Bob Dudley said. Castrol India manufactures and markets automotive, industrial and marine lubricants distributed through 370-plus distributors from over 80,000 retail outlets. It has three manufacturing plants located at Silvassa, Patalganga and Paharpur.