Central Depository Services (India) Ltd (CDSL) is the only listed depository in the country which facilitates holding and transacting in securities in the electronic form and facilitates settlement of trades on the bourses.
According to the bulk deal data available with the National Stock Exchange (NSE), BSE offloaded 47,44,000 shares, amounting to a 4.5 per cent stake in CDSL.
The shares were disposed of at an average price of Rs 985.98 apiece, taking the transaction value to Rs 467.74 crore.
CDSL got listed on the exchange in 2017. Through the IPO, the BSE, which had a 50.05 per cent stake in CDSL, trimmed its shareholding in the depository, to meet markets regulator Sebi norms.
Under Sebi regulations, a stock exchange cannot have more than a 24 per cent stake in a depository.
In February this year, BSE sold 2.5 per cent stake in CDSL through an offer for sale (OFS) route.
On Wednesday, shares of CDSL fell 2.86 per cent to close at Rs 1,017.80 per piece on the NSE.