• The ordinance removing end user specification in the auction of coal blocks is effectively allowing for full-fledged commercial coal mining. News reports (Bloomberg) have quoted the Coal Secretary as saying that 40 coal blocks would be put up for auction.

• Any entry of commercial coal miners is NOT negative for COAL as: a) any coal production from auctioned coal blocks would be at least three years away after the auction of the block; b) new miners would not have a lower cost of production as it would have to bid for the coal blocks and hence there would be a revenue share; and c) the eventual sale of coal in an open market would allow for better price discovery for Coal India as well.

• We would highlight that the dividend is now a few weeks away (FY20 dividend should be declared at some point in February).

Disclaimer: The above report is compiled from information available on public platforms. inChat team advises users to check with certified experts before taking any investment decisions.

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