Tycoon Anil Agarwal wants to buy out a cash cow of his mining empire for $4.3 bln. True to form, the bid is opportunistically timed after a stock slump. Other shareholders have a route to improved terms but the group’s wider debt issues will limit how hard they push for more.
The state has been stealthily reducing its role in industry by allowing private players to gain market share. There's appetite for a more aggressive approach. If national carrier Air India can be sold, look for banks, energy and other assets to follow if Modi wins a second term. This is a Breakingviews prediction for 2018. To see more of our predictions, click here.