State-run insurer LIC seeks to boost $8 billion in India’s largest IPO • TechCrunch


The Indian government-run insurer Life Insurance coverage Company of India filed draft papers with the market regulator on Sunday, saying its plans to promote 5% of its shares to boost almost $8 billion within the nation’s greatest IPO.

The Narendra Modi’s authorities plans to promote about 316 million shares within the wholly-owned insurer, the draft prospectus stated. Its IPO is the newest in Modi’s privatization drive to fund its expansionary funds. The agency’s so-called “embedded worth,” a key metric amongst insurers, is pegged at $71.56 billion. The market worth of insurers is often between three and 5 occasions of the embedded worth. Within the preliminary public providing, LIC doesn’t plan to concern any new shares, it stated.

The preliminary public providing of LIC, which is being in comparison with India’s Aramco second, comes at a time when Sensex, the nation’s benchmark inventory index, remains to be trying to get well from the current sell-off and lots of tech corporations together with Paytm, which filed for a $2.2 billion IPO final 12 months (which on the time was the nation’s largest), Zomato, Policybazaar and Nykaa have dropped to document lows in current weeks. It additionally doesn’t assist that the earlier three governmemt-run corporations with massive IPOs have misplaced greater than half their market worth since their listings.

Progress in whole premium for the life insurance coverage trade in India (LIC)

However New Delhi may be relying on the sturdy familiarity of the LIC model for a powerful debut. The agency, a family identify within the South Asian market and which describes “the President of India, performing by way of the Ministry of Finance, Authorities of India” as its promoter within the submitting, has over 2,000 branches and employs greater than 105,000 people.

The 65-year-old, Mumbai-headquartered agency, which was arrange by the federal government after over two dozen insurance coverage gamers shut down, maintains over $530 billion in belongings and has 286 million insurance policies in power, it stated within the draft prospectus. Its revenue stood rose to $191 million within the six months ending in September final 12 months, it stated.

“Our company has been offering life insurance coverage in India for greater than 65 years and is the biggest life insurer in India, with a 64.1% market share by way of premium (or GWP), a 66.2% market share by way of new enterprise premium (or NBP), a 74.6% market share by way of variety of particular person insurance policies issued, a 81.1% market share by way of variety of group insurance policies issued for fiscal 2021, in addition to by the variety of particular person brokers, which comprised 55% of all particular person brokers in India as at March 31, 2021,” it stated within the prospectus.

Its IPO e book runners embrace Kotak Funding Banking, Goldman Sachs Securities, JP Morgan, Axis Capital, ICICI Securities, SBI Capital Markets, and Financial institution of America Securities.



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